Israel inaugurates embassy in Abu Dhabi

By Monitoring Desk
Wednesday – June 30, 2021
JERUSALEM (Israel): Israeli foreign minister (FM) Yair Lapid inaugurated Israel’s embassy in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday, whereat he acknowledged, “I want to thank former United States (US) president Donald Trump and incumbent US president Joe Biden for their uncompromising support.”

According to an Israeli press release, he continued: I want to thank, on behalf of us all, Israel’s former prime minister (PM), Benjamin Netanyahu, who was the architect of the Abraham accords and who worked tirelessly to bring them about. This moment is his, no less than it is ours.

Agreements are signed by leaders. But peace is made by people. What we are doing here today isn’t the end of the road, it’s the beginning. From here, from this place, we are setting out on the road.

This is a historic moment. And it is a reminder that history is created by people. People who understand history but are willing to change it. People who prefer the future to the past. We are standing here today because we chose peace over war, cooperation over conflict.

The good of our children over the bad memories of the past; the right to determine our fate by ourselves.

To get to know one another we need to respect and learn each other’s cultures. We need to let our economies connect and prosper. We need to maintain open dialogue and an open mind.

Israel wants peace with its neighbours, with all its neighbours, we aren’t going anywhere. The Middle East is our home. We’re here to stay. We call on all the countries of the region to recognise that. And to come talk to us.

Difficulties will not be overcome by themselves. Hostility won’t disappear by itself. People create them, people can make them disappear. People can replace them with friendship, generosity and the search for the common good.

This isn’t a moment of details or a complex agreement, it’s a moment of simplicity. People looking at one another and saying — we prefer peace.

Hate isn’t inevitable. The people of the Middle East are invited to look around them and ask whose situation is better? Those who chose the path of peace or those who chose the path of war? Those who chose to invest in their people and their land or those who chose to invest in hatred of the other?

Peace isn’t a compromise. It’s the most definitive choice we can make. Peace isn’t weakness. It includes within it all the strength of the human spirit.

War is surrender to all that is bad within us, peace is the victory of all that is good, Israeli FM Lapid concluded.