Nov 14 • 32M

"Seeing Jerusalem was life changing for me"

A conversation with Saoud Saqer, a citizen of the United Arab Emirates

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As I mentioned parenthetically in my recent column on Tom Friedman’s NYT Op-Ed after Israel’s elections, I recently had occasion to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi, an experience I found fascinating. In a few episodes in the coming weeks, I want to look at Israel’s relationship with that region in a bit more detail.

We therefore begin this week a brief series on the Abraham Accords and their implications for Israel’s relationships in the region, its security and economy. Today we post a conversation with an Emirati who recently visited Israel, and on Wednesday, we will post a conversation with veteran diplomat, Robert Silverman (this podcast will be for paid subscribers only).

We begin with our conversation with Emirati activist, Saoud Saqer, who visited Israel for the first time in the summer of 2021, in the aftermath of Operation Guardian of the Walls.

We spoke with Saoud about the future of the Abraham Accords, his first impressions of the Jewish state and his experiences at the Temple Mount, Yad Vashem, and at the Kotel on Shabbat, which he described as “spiritual and loving”….

The link above will take you to the full conversation, and the machine generated transcript is below, provided for paid subscribers to Israel from the Inside.

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