Schaer introduces Assembly resolution supporting Abraham Accords

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36) introduced Assembly Resolution AR102 supporting the historic Abraham Accords, along with Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) who reintroduced the Senate resolution. On September 15, 2020, the United States normalized diplomatic relations between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Since the signing of the Abraham Accords, Sudan and Morocco have entered into separate agreements with Israel to promote trade and economic prosperity. These represent the first step towards regional cooperation since 1994 Peace Treaty between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Abraham Accords have already had positive material effects within member nations; allowing commerce, academic research and tourism to grow organically. Bilateral trade between Abraham Accord members has generated nearly $1.5 billion in new business. This momentous agreement will serve as a framework for future compromises and foster understanding in diaspora communities around the world, including New Jersey.

As one of the most diverse states in the union, New Jersey has thrived by building coalitions across cultural differences. Local solidarity has pushed our State to work diplomatically to establish international partnerships. In 1988, the New Jersey Israel Commission was created to strengthen relations between New Jersey and the State of Israel. Thanks to the Israel Commission, New Jersey is the only state with the ability to establish unique trade relations and develop policies directly with Israel. This has allowed us to be leaders in emerging technology industries, generating $1.3 billion in two-way trade between New Jersey and Israel. These existing partnerships will expand New Jersey’s economic opportunities across Israel and across the Middle East. The Abraham Accords create unity among nations and financial opportunity for the people of New Jersey.

“The Abraham Accords are an unprecedented achievement that brings us closer to establishing lasting harmony in the Middle East. The peace agreement is vital for Israel’s national security and the expansion of economic relations throughout the region. It will demonstrate the tangible benefits of continued cooperation in the event of conflict. The agreements will serve as the basis for unity among nations in the Middle East and promote coexistence throughout New Jersey. Assembly Member Gary Schaer (D-Passaic, Bergen).

“The importance of peaceful coexistence between Jewish, Muslim and Christian peoples in the Middle East cannot be overstated,” said Sen. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth), who reintroduced the resolution. “The Abraham Accords recognize the importance of peace in the region and in the world. The agreements are a monumental achievement in maintaining and strengthening peace and building respect for human dignity and religious freedom around the world.

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