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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020

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Yousef Al Otaiba

United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States

Yousef Al Otaiba is one of the best-known and respected diplomats in Washington, DC. The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US, Al Otaiba played a key role in the peace accord reached with Israel in August 2020, a move that was quickly followed by Bahrain and Sudan, with other Arab states expected to follow suit. The US-educated Al Otaiba created the basic framework with his Israeli partners that crystallized into the bilateral peace agreement with the Jewish state, the first such agreement between an Arab state and Israel in more than 25 years. Thanking US legislators for their support in remarks on the day the deal with Israel was signed, Al Otaiba promised that the UAE would work with the US Congress “as we expand cooperation with Israel, deepen our collective relationship with the US, and together work to realize the full promise of this historic initiative.” (Photo: Embassy of the UAE / Screenshot)

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