About The Accords
The signing of the Abraham Accords ushered in a transformation in the relationship between Israel and the world’s Arab nations. With the United States’ strong bi-partisan support, over the course of four short months, between August and December 2020, four countries followed Egypt and Jordan’s bold leadership and moved to initiate the diplomatic process to normalize bilateral ties with Israel. In signing these agreements, the United States, the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel, shortly followed by Kosovo, Sudan, and Morocco, signaled a new era of warm peace and prosperity with unlimited economic opportunities.
The Accords provide the pathway to the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict and a future of peace, tolerance, and opportunity in the Middle East and around the world. They also represent a new regional chapter with a shared vision for economic prosperity. As commercial ties grow, so will the strength of the bonds between the countries and their people. With limitless opportunity, the Abraham Accords could create as much as 4 million new jobs and $1 trillion in new economic activity in the coming decade and in the near term helping the region recover from the global pandemic.
The Abraham Accords serve as the foundation for a peace process in the Middle East by demonstrating the tangible benefits of interpersonal ties, trade, commerce, and mutual cooperation. This effort seizes the historic opportunity to unleash the Middle East's potential, keep America safe, and help the region turn the page on a generation of conflict and instability toward a new era of multilateral cooperation.
The Abraham Accords Peace Institute is a non-partisan, non-profit U.S. organization dedicated to supporting the implementation and expansion of these historic peace agreements. The mission of the Institute is to strengthen the new bonds created through the Abraham Accords and ensure that these relationships achieve their fullest potential.
The Accords’ first year success continues to highlight to potential future signatories not only the possibility of such advances, but also the necessity of such for their own economic prosperity and the stability of the region. The Institute is the primary platform for disseminating the progress made through the Accords and the development of new opportunities for growth by convening and leveraging both public and private sector entities and organizations for discussion, planning, and cooperation.
“[On the Abraham Accords] I believe that we have planted some seeds now, and I think that the short term returns have been great, but I do believe that the long term returns are going to be extraordinary.”
“As Bahrainis, we drew from our national heritage as a beacon of religious tolerance in the Arab world during a time when religion has been too frequently used throughout the world as a divine sanction to spread hate and dissension.”
His Highness King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
“You rightly noted our strong support for the normalization agreements, the Abraham Accords with Israel’s neighbors and beyond. We strongly support this and hopefully there’ll be other participants.”
Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid Before Their Meeting, Remarks to the Press; June 27, 2021
“…underlined the strategic importance of the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel…[and] expressed his full support for strengthening and expanding these arrangements.”
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed May 4, 2021
“The normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco, the first such agreements since 1994, are the biggest step forward for peace in a generation.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
“The energy and enthusiasm for the Accords across the region is truly remarkable. In less than a year, this warm peace is melting decades of misunderstanding and hostility across the region. This is a peace among peoples as much as it is among nations.”
Jared Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Haim Saban, Yousef Al Otaiba, Abdulla R. Al-Khalifa, and Gabi Ashkenazi
“I am pleased with the steps taken for the resumption of contacts between our two countries. I am convinced that we shall make this momentum sustainable in order to promote the prospects of peace for all peoples in the region”
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI
“In terms of the Abraham Accords, that's transformational. It's enormously important to regional stability, it's important to Israel, it's just as important to the Muslim countries that have normalized with Israel. It has the potential to change the Middle East for the next 100 years.”
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman
“…strong support for Israel’s recent groundbreaking normalization agreements with countries in the Arab and Muslim world, and stressed the importance of advancing peace, security, and prosperity…”
Vice President Kamala Harris Call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel March 4, 2021
“I stand here today to extend a hand of peace and receive a hand of peace. Today, we are already witnessing a change in the heart of the Middle East, a change that will send hope around the world.”
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
“We can see before us a golden opportunity for peace, security and prosperity for our region. Let us together ... waste no time in seizing it.”
Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani
“…discussed opportunities to enhance the partnership over the coming months, including by building on the success of Israel’s normalization arrangements with UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.”
Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s phone call with Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben Shabbat, January 24, 2021
“The UAE, through its benevolent approach that was established by Sheikh Zayed, embodies a global model of tolerance and coexistence. It has won the love of millions around the world. There are many people throughout the country who deeply love UAE ... coexist with us ... and share our dreams and aspirations.”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed
One year later, the visionary Abraham Accords remain a positive force defined by the collective pursuit for warm peace, economic prosperity, religious tolerance, and national stability.
Israel and UAE Trade Increase between January-July 2020 and 2021
Israel and Morocco Trade Increase between January-July 2020 and 2021
$ 0.3 Million
Israel and Bahrain Trade Increase between January-July 2020 and 2021
‘People-to-people’ relationships are centerpiece of Abraham Accords’ progress, advocates sayAnalysis
Next stop: Making UAE-Israel relations extraordinary