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UAE National Day wishes all the way from Israel

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on December 2, 2020 | Last updated on December 2, 2020 at 12.21 am
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A new sense of unity and friendship is palpable in Israel as citizens from all walks of life extended warm wishes to the UAE.

As the UAE celebrates its 49th National Day today, wishes are pouring in from the Emirates’ new friend and ally, Israel.

A new sense of unity and friendship is palpable in Israel as citizens from all walks of life extended warm wishes to the UAE, saying they want the friendship between the two countries to grow stronger.

The UAE signed the US-brokered peace deal — the Abraham Accords — on September 15, thus becoming the first GCC country and the third in the Arab world to establish diplomatic relations with its Jewish neighbour.

Member of Israel’s parliament Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh said: “It is with great pleasure that I wish our new friends in the UAE a Happy 49th National Day!”

She said the Abraham Accords represent a “potential paradigm shift in the Middle East” and a historic pivot from rejectionism to three yesses: “Yes to recognition, yes to negotiation, and yes to peace with Israel”.

Yoseph Hadad, a popular blogger from Jerusalem, said he wants to wish UAE a happy national day and use the opportunity to welcome all UAE citizens and residents to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. “I am looking forward to coming and seeing Dubai and Abu Dhabi, too.”

Jonathan Serero, chief editor of I24 television channel, said his wish is for the UAE and Israel to “live in peace forever”.

“It will be important to build a bridge of mutual recognition. A bridge of peace. A bridge of prosperity and a bridge of respect between our two peoples. Between our two religions,” said Serero.

With passenger flight services now open between the UAE and Israel, people from both sides are excited to travel. Raphi Bloom, co-owner of travel website Totally JewishTravel.com, said: “I want to wish all citizens of the UAE a happy National Day. Post-Covid, many people are excited by the prospect of increased tourism to the UAE and we look forward to celebrating with you in person.”

Arsen Ostrovsky, a human rights attorney from Tel Aviv, said he is truly inspired by the UAE people, their warmth and sense of spirit and creativity. “It gives me such tremendous joy to stand in Jerusalem, the bridge between our faiths, to wish our dear friends in the UAE the happiest of national days.”

Yael Zamir, a doctor and MD and CEO at fertility clinic Embryonics, said she is excited to send warm blessings to the UAE. “Happy National Day! We wish you happiness, good health and great success. This was a very special year for both nations and we wish the coming year will be full of surprises and new friendships. Marhaba!”

Social media feeds in Israel are also abuzz with national day wishes, with people posting pictures of the country’s flag.

anjana@khaleejtimes.com

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Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.





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