Late last month, the New Jersey Jewish Public Officials Caucus held a briefing for state elected officials on the Abraham Accords. Attendees discussed what the historic peace treaty will mean for peace in the Middle East and talked about how they can support lasting peace at both the local and state level.
Speakers included Congressman Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ Dist 5); Israel Nitzan, Israel’s acting consul General in New York; and Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States.
Mr. Gottheimer spoke about the country’s dedication to building on the progress of the Abraham Accords and other treaties to support peace in the Middle East. State Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman Gary Schaer talked about ways in which state and local officials can support the historic partnerships.
Mayor Michael Wildes of Englewood said, “The world got smaller during this pandemic. I enjoyed this informative session as we learned how much our communities have much in common and partnerships that could help insure the economic vitality of the state of New Jersey.”
Other attendees included Mayor Jeff Grayzel of Morristown and Assemblyman Roy Freiman from Somerset. Mayor Shawn Klein of Livingston was invited but unable to be there.
David Rosenberg, the founder of the NJJPOC and the executive director of the New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance, expressed his pride in the event and especially in the productive and thoughtful discussion that came out of it. “The meeting will go a long way toward supporting an everlasting peace in the Middle East,” he said.