Lankford, Abraham Accords Co-Chairs Commemorate Three-Year Anniversary of Historic Agreement
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Joni Ernst (R-IA), co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, released the following statement commemorating the three-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords.
“The Abraham Accords have transformed the Middle East, opening the door to unprecedented normalization and cooperation between Israel and Arab nations,” said the Senators. “As we celebrate three years since this historic agreement’s signing, the US should continue building on the Accords by ensuring that existing agreements bring tangible benefits for the citizens of those countries, helping advance prospects for peace in the Middle East and between Israelis and Palestinians, and widening the circle of partnership to new countries.”
The bipartisan Senate Abraham Accords Caucus has been the leading group in the Senate pushing for actions that build on these historic agreements. In July, Lankford, Rosen, Ernst, and Booker hosted Israeli President Isaac Herzog in the United States Capitol. In July, the Senators helped introduce the bipartisan Regional Integration and Normalization Act to bolster efforts to normalize relations between Israel and US partners in the Middle East and beyond. The legislation helps build on the Abraham Accords by creating a Special Presidential Envoy empowered to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to Israeli normalization and regional integration.
The co-chairs have also worked to advance regional security by introducing the Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses (DEFEND) Act , which was signed into law last year and requires a strategy to establish an air and missile defense architecture with Israel and other Middle East allies, and the Maritime Architecture and Response to International Terrorism in the Middle East (MARITIME) Act, which requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop a strategy with partners and allies in the Middle East to counter maritime threats posed by Iran and its proxies.