New Outcomes of Peace in the Middle East

The historic UAE-Israel peace agreement, and the peace declaration signed between Bahrain and Israel, are of great importance, due to their impact and influence nationally, regionally and globally. This can be seen as a major development that leads to an era of new relations between nations; an era shaped by progressive concepts and cultures, where all sides live in coexistence, tolerance, cooperation and peace.

The most important outcome of this remarkable event, for the region and the world, is the promotion of a culture of peace, instead of the animosity that has brought chaos and destruction, paving the way for extremism and hatred promoted by sinister groups and intolerant countries. Their aim was to halt the progress of Arab countries, relegating them to the lowest ranks in sustainable development indicators. In contrast, establishing a culture of peace and sustainable development comes with a set of rules, standards and priorities that instill genuine humanitarian values in nations, strengthening solidarity, fraternity and cooperation.

The UAE’s wise leadership has taken historic and bold steps, transforming the region’s deep-rooted hostile legacy, which has dominated the ideology and practices of those who have opposed peace. Today, the UAE’s leadership hopes to foster a new humanitarian discourse, based on strengthened relations between brotherly nations, near and far. These relations, which adhere to ethical and civilized standards, can lead nations toward enlightenment and progress, countering the hostile discourse adopted and practiced by groups that have sought to stall the progress achieved by the Arab and Islamic civilizations over centuries.

This new discourse, embracing tolerance and peace, and renouncing hatred and hostility, requires us to change and develop our current intellectual, legislative, cultural and social structures. It calls for us to leave behind a history that has filled people’s hearts with intolerance and hatred, as rogue groups chose a culture of extremism and terrorism, over coexistence and tolerance, to serve their narrow interests. Therefore, nations must open up to all cultures, races and faiths, and extend bridges of love and respect. This new era should be an opportunity to open borders and promote travel, tourism, trade and investment. This can help shape a new generation that embraces a culture of peace, renouncing hatred and discrimination; a generation that looks forward to a present and future filled with security and prosperity.

For all of this, the UAE’s leadership, government and people hope that a set of principles will be given due attention. These include, nurturing a strong belief in noble humanitarian principles and, renouncing hatred and narrow divisions that discriminate between societies, nations and civilizations. This requires scrutinizing religious, media and cultural discourse, as well as adopting educational curricula that reinforces the importance of establishing solid relations between peoples and nations. This also would allow states to realize their citizens’ right to a decent life, in which economic and social progress is ensured, as the basis of peace and sustainable development. It would also safeguard the rights of all against the dangers of racism, hatred and intolerance, strengthening tolerance and putting an end to violence and discrimination.

To consolidate a culture of peace, countries of the region must build an appropriate and modern educational, cultural and social project. It should rest on the teachings of our noble religion, as well as moderation, our heritage and identity, which embrace harmony, tolerance and respect for diversity. This also requires correcting the stereotypes that have confined thinking and practices related to other cultures within a framework of hostility. Therefore, the priority now is to promote a culture of peace among young people, and to formulate a modern discourse; one in which we are all partners in charting a prosperous course for humanity, sparing it from extremism, violence and conflict.