I am thankful that Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates are committed to creating a new Middle East, one built on peace and prosperity for us all.
https://www.jpost.com-By HOUDA NONOO
I am thankful for the new relationship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the State of Israel. This newfound relationship is built upon the foundation that both sides want to create a warm peace that fosters relationships on an individual level. All one needs to do is open their social media to see countless new Bahraini-Israeli friendships on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On a personal note, the Jewish community in Bahrain is particularly thankful, to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa for his leadership in bringing about this peace. We have always been thankful for His Majesty’s personal commitment to spreading a culture of peace, dialogue, and coexistence and his support of our Jewish community. Many of us have family and friends in Israel and following the Abraham Accords, we will now be able to go and visit them in person and call them directly on the telephone.
I am thankful that Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates are committed to creating a new Middle East, one built on peace and prosperity for us all. Together, we are changing history. We are doing this for our children, because by inculcating the lessons of peace and tolerance within them now, they will grow up to be the future political and business leaders of the next generation, and they will not know of the chasm that previous generations faced. As our Bahraini children start to learn about Judaism and Israeli culture in school and Israeli children learn more about Islam and Gulf culture in school, they will carry these lessons with them as they grow to lead this powerful region. A few weeks ago, three school aged children stood on top of Jerusalem’s iconic King David Hotel wearing the flags of Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. This photo, which has since gone viral, personifies what these historic announcements are all about – creating a better future for our children.
Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart since I returned from the United States. It is a good reminder for us all to slow down and focus on our blessings. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, it is more important than ever before that we count our blessings this Thanksgiving. This year we saw the Middle East change in unprecedented ways, and we must all be grateful for this. The Abraham Accords are the beginning of a new era for our region, one which we are all very excited about. I hope you will join me this Thanksgiving holiday and reflect on the blessing we received this year in the form of the Abraham Accords.
Houda Nonoo served as Bahrain’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2013. She is the first Jew to be appointed an ambassador of Bahrain.