Washington, D.C.- In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East, commends the governments of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America for facilitating a peace deal and normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE.
A joint statement was issued by U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan announcing the historic decision.
As part of the agreement, PM Netanyahu announced his intention to suspend his plans to annex parts of the West Bank.
“We are pleased that Israel is suspending plans to annex new areas of the West Bank, as the historic Christian communities of the Holy Land have voiced their concern about this issue. We encourage all parties to Middle East Peace Talks to continue to consult with the historic Christian communities of the Holy Land in these negotiations,” said IDC President Toufic Baaklini.
He added that “while there is much more work to be done in advancing religious freedom and coexistence in the Middle East, Israel and the UAE have made a historic step in the peace process today. This is a victory for Christians, Jews, and Muslims as followers of the great Abrahamic religions. IDC hopes that this is a positive step towards establishing a fair and lasting peace among all Middle Eastern nations.”