UAE’s First Ambassador to Israel Kicks Off Tenure With Twitter Message of Welcome and Peace
The first ambassador to Israel from the United Arab Emirates opened his official Twitter account on Wednesday, wishing welcome in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.
Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja was sworn in as ambassador on Sunday in the UAE, marking another milestone in the ongoing process of normalization that began with the signing of the Abraham Accords and other agreements between the UAE, Israel, and several other Arab and Muslim countries.
To kick off his tenure, Al Khaja tweeted, “Delighted to launch my official account as the #UAE’s first Ambassador to #Israel.”
“I look forward to strengthening ties between Emiratis and Israelis,” he said, “by fostering peace, understanding and prosperity among our people and across the region.”
“Marhaba, B’ruchim Haba’im, Welcome!” he added.
Delighted to launch my official account as the #UAE’s first Ambassador to #Israel. I look forward to strengthening ties between Emiratis and Israelis by fostering peace, understanding and prosperity among our people and across the region. Marhaba, B’ruchim Haba’im, Welcome!
— Mohamed Al Khaja (@AmbAlKhaja) February 17, 2021
Leading Knesset Member Michal Cotler-Wunsh replied, “Welcome!” also in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.
“Looking forward to meeting & furthering the blossoming ties between our countries & people!” she said.
Welcome! مرحبا! ברוך הבא!
Looking forward to meeting & furthering the blossoming ties between our countries & people!
מקוה להיפגש ולקדם את הקשרים הנרקמים בין המדינות והעמים שלנו!
اتطلع إلى اللقاء وتعزيز العلاقات المزدهرة بين بلدينا وشعبينا! https://t.co/oJWA0PFb7V
— מיכל קוטלר-וונש | Michal Cotler-Wunsh (@CotlerWunsh) February 17, 2021
Avi Berkowitz, who served as assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations under the Trump administration and played a major role in negotiating the Abraham Accords responded simply, “Awesome.”
The Israeli government’s Arabic-language Twitter account replied in Arabic, “We are waiting for you. We wish you good luck.”
سعادة السفير محمد الخاجة الإماراتي 🇦🇪حسابا بالعبرية: "أنا سعيد باطلاق حسابي على تويتر كأول سفير اماراتي في إسرائيل. أتطلع إلى تعزيز العلاقات بين شعبي البلدين عن طريق تطوير السلام والتفاهم والازدهار لدى شعبينا وشعوب المنطقة برمتها.".نحن بانتظارك 🇮🇱 ونتمنى لك التوفيق https://t.co/JBdQA0TY7L
— إسرائيل بالعربية (@IsraelArabic) February 17, 2021
Welcomes also came from the left-wing side of the spectrum, with the NGO Peace Now responding, “Shalom!”