Jerusalem Dep. Mayor: Abraham Accords can help Arab neighborhoods

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum: We will invite Gulf states to help develop East Jerusalem

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Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor and co-founder of the UAE-Israel Business Co
Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor and co-founder of the UAE-Israel Business Co
Arutz Sheva

Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor and co-founder of the UAE-Israel Business Council, talked to Arutz Sheva and reaffirmed her belief that the normalization pacts signed under the Abraham Accords will usher in the first "warm peace" with Arab states in the region.

Hassan-Nahoum says that while Israel has had peace deals with Jordan and Egypt since the 1980's and 90's, she's "never seen Egyptian tourists in the Old City," hinting at the cold relations with the Arab state that remain despite Israel's best efforts to advance diplomacy and trade cooperation in the region.

The Deputy Mayor notes her efforts in showing the Emirati delegation expected to visit Jerusalem in the coming weeks that, "We live in a very diverse city, with a 37% Arab population," adding that this was a "win-win-win" situation.

"If we open a high-tech park with investments from the Emirates, we can develop Eastern Jerusalem, to be an R&D hub in the Middle East...allowing the combination of Israeli ingenuity, Arab-speakers, and [advantage of Israel being] the start-up nation, can be a fantastic platform for peace with the Emirates," she states.

Hassan-Nahoum also says she was trying to promote women by creating the Gulf-Israel Women's Forum, a division of the UAE-Israel Business Council. She created the group with businesswoman Justine Zwerling. "Women are "natural peacebuilders", she notes, "capable of leading the forces of good in the building of a warm peace."

She concludes by announcing the opening of a museum in Jerusalem dedicated to Jewish refugees from Arab lands slated to be launched in Dubai. Hassan-Nahoum says that the event would be attended by local Jewish and Arab leaders, and would underline the Jewish people's long history in the region and contributions to Arab culture.



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