September 15, 2020
News Press Release

ZOA’s Klein & Levenson Attend & Praise White House Israel-UAE-Bahrain Peace Deal Signing. Sovereignty Issue Still Concerning.

ZOA Helps Pass World Likud Resolutions (1) Immediate Application of Israel’s Sovereignty, (2) Education as to Israel’s Lawful Sovereign Rights, & (3) Opposition to a Palestinian Arab State

ZOA President Morton A. Klein, ZOA Chair Mark Levenson, Esq., and other ZOA Coalition delegates (including Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Nachman Mostofsky, Rabbi Yitzchok Tendler, and Professor Mark Goldfeder) were all honored to attend the signing of the momentous Israel-UAE and Israel-Bahrain peace agreements, at the White House lawn today. The agreements were largely brought about by the efforts of the Trump administration.  

These agreements are an important step for bringing peace to the people of Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, and the entire region; will help diminish the impact of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas’ propaganda lies against Israel; will help diminish the impact of the BDS (boycott, divestment & sanctions) movement’s ability to delegitimize Israel; will help establish a united Middle East front against Iranian terrorism and hegemony; and will encourage other nations, such as Oman, Sudan, Morocco, Chad, and possibly even Saudi Arabia, to make peace deals with Israel. President Trump surely deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for brokering these deals.

ZOA is concerned, however, that the UAE Foreign Minister spoke of taking off the table Israeli sovereignty over Jewish communities in historic Jewish lands of Judea/Samaria. We are also concerned that Bahrain’s foreign minister claimed that a Palestinian Arab state is needed. ZOA hopes that the UAE and Bahraini foreign ministers made these statements solely to appease radical elements in Arab world.  

The purpose of today’s peace agreements is supposed to be “peace for peace” – to benefit the signing nations’ people and regional stability. A Palestinian Arab state on historic Jewish land would be an Iranian-Hamas proxy terrorist state that undermines peace in the region, and undermines the battle by Israel and moderate Arab nations against Iranian hegemony.   

Notably, at the virtual World Likud convention which also took place today, 250 Jewish activists from around the world, including 39 activists from the ZOA Coalition, sent a strong message about the need and right for Israel’s implementation of her sovereignty. Following a pre-recorded video by ZOA Chair Mark Levenson, Esq., emphasizing Israel’s legal, historic, and religious rights to apply sovereignty, the World Likud convention overwhelmingly passed resolutions calling for:  (1) Immediate application of Israel’s lawful, religious, historic sovereignty rights over Judea and Samaria, and opposing the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state – which would be an Iranian-proxy terror state; (2) Ending the use of the misleading term “annexation” because the term “annexation” falsely implies that Judea and Samaria are not our land; and (3) worldwide education regarding Israel’s legal, historic, and religious sovereign rights to Judea and Samaria and all of Israel’s land.

Sending this message was so important that ZOA Coalition members who were on the White House lawn took out their cell phones to vote at the World Likud convention!  

Congratulations: The ZOA again congratulates and praises all involved in making today’s momentous Israel-UAE and Israel-Bahrain agreements possible: President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Ari Berkowitz, Ambassador David Friedman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al Zayani.  

ZOA Coalition also congratulates Yaakov Hagoel on his re-election as World Likud Chairman, and congratulates Ifat Ovadia on her re-election as World Likud CEO; and passage of other important resolutions at the World Likud convention.