AAPI Monthly Newsletters
AAPI Newsletter: November 2023
December 13, 2023
If you light a candle in the middle of the day in a bright room, you might not even notice that the candle is lit. Yet if you light the same candle in darkness, its illumination will be seen far and wide. Hanukkah commemorates the ability of the Jewish People to live securely and freely in their ancient homeland. This freedom is commemorated by lighting one more candle each night. Each candle adds to the light and repels the darkness.
On October 7th a great darkness came over the Middle East and the world. Yet there have also been many moments of light. One came a week before Hanukkah, when Israel’s President HE Isaac Herzog, arrived in the United Arab Emirates at the invitation of Emirati President HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. Just three years ago, before the Abraham Accords, the very concept of an Israeli president traveling publicly at the request of an Emirati president would have been unimaginable.
Since the war began, experts have speculated that the Abraham Accords would not be strong enough to withstand the pressure.
The visit by President Herzog to the United Arab Emirates, as well as the meaningful speech given by the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain, HH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the opening of the 2023 Manama Dialogue, should quiet those skeptics.
The Abraham Accords are the solution to many of the challenges facing the Middle East. The leaders in the region who are building its future acknowledge the importance of the Accords and continue to invest in them, even when it is not popular or easy. We salute the Presidents of the UAE & Israel and the Crown Prince of Bahrain for their unswerving dedication to the principles of the Abraham Accords.
The singular picture of the President of the UAE and President of Israel together will serve as this year's Hannukah candle, shedding enormous light in a dark time. Inspired by their example, the Abraham Accord Peace Institute will continue to work tirelessly for a more peaceful and prosperous region.
|Israeli President Herzog’s meeting with Emirati President Mohamed bin Zayed came on the sidelines of the 2023 UN Climate Conference, COP28, which is being hosted this year by the UAE. The UAE’s leadership in organizing and hosting COP28 marks a major milestone in the country’s growing global role on the issue of combating climate change, which is at the top of the international agenda.
As the world comes together to discuss strategies for climate action, we have chosen to highlight in this month’s newsletter the numerous ways in which Abraham Accords climate cooperation is contributing to a sustainable future. This cooperation is already having a tangible impact on lives across the countries of the Abraham Accords and the broader region.
From November 30 to December 12, 2023, the world will come together in Dubai for the UN Climate Conference, COP28, hosted by the UAE. Key priorities for COP28 include accelerating emissions reductions, building the energy systems of the future while decarbonizing the energy systems of today, transforming food systems, reforming land use, and putting nature, people, lives and livelihoods at the heart of climate action.
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October 2023 Trade Numbers: (Source: Israel Central Bureau of Statistics)
October 2023 Flight Departure Numbers: (Source: Israel Airports Authority)
*Monthly figures for Israelis traveling to Bahrain were not published this month. The data above represents the Israel CBS' published cumulative total for the month of October 2023.