Utah’s congressional members react to historic Middle East peace agreement
The U.S.-brokered deal establishes full diplomatic relations — making UAE the third Arab country to do so with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.
The deal required Israel to stop its plan to annex land in the West Bank.
Sen. Mike Lee said this demonstrates to the world that a path toward peace is possible.
“I commend the hard work and dedication of President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the staff who worked tirelessly to facilitate this agreement,” Lee wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “This moment is worthy of celebration and sends a strong message to rogue actors who wish to spread and inflict terror that the geopolitical compass of the region is moving toward long-term stability and security.”
1/2 The formalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE is a historic marker, demonstrating to the world that a path toward peace is possible. I commend the hard work and dedication of President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) August 13, 2020
Sen. Mitt Romney wrote that bringing together partners in the Middle East is in the U.S. national security interests, and “critical to counter the region’s bad actors.”
“The normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel is an important and welcome accomplishment facilitated by the Administration,” wrote Romney on Twitter and Facebook.
The normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel is an important and welcome accomplishment facilitated by the Administration. Bringing together our partners in the Middle East is critical to counter the region’s bad actors and is in our national security interests. https://t.co/kMmOSEWhm2
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) August 13, 2020
Rep. Chris Stewart tweeted, “the enormity of this agreement can’t be overstated.” He thanked President Trump, and the leaders of Israel and the UAE “for your vision of peace and leadership in the region.”
The enormity of this agreement can’t be overstated. Thank you President @realDonaldTrump, Prime Minister @netanyahu, and Sheikh @MohamedBinZayed for your vision of peace and leadership in the region. https://t.co/iSXeFkZphq
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) August 13, 2020
Rep. John Curtis also commended the leaders of the three nations for their work. He said he keeps a newspaper clipping in his office that he picked up in Jerusalem in 1979 that announced the agreement between Israel and Egypt.
“It reminds me that cooperation once considered unimaginable can happen if we put aside our differences and work together,” he posted on Instagram and Facebook.
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I’m delighted to hear today’s historic announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In my office in DC, I keep a newspaper clipping that I picked up as a student living in Jerusalem in 1979 that announced the agreement between Israel and Egypt. It reminds me that cooperation once considered unimaginable can happen if we put aside our differences and work together. I commend Prime Minister @b.netanyahu and Sheikh @mohamedbinzayed for their work, as well as @realdonaldtrump who helped facilitate this accomplishment.
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