WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), James Lankford (R-OK), and Joni Ernst (R-IA), Co-Chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, released the following statement on the bipartisan Israel Relations Normalization Act becoming law. This legislation, which was included in the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2022 and co-sponsored by all three Senators, builds on the Abraham Accords by stating U.S. policy is to strengthen and expand these normalization agreements while requiring coordination throughout the administration.
“Solidifying the Israel Relations Normalization Act into law is a meaningful first step toward advancing the goals of the Abraham Accords Caucus,” said the senators. “In the days ahead, the Caucus will work to increase security cooperation and defense integration among the signatory countries of the Accords and advance expanded economic relationships and peace. We continue to stand with Israel, and we are grateful for the ongoing commitments of the other Accords nations to do their part for peace and security in the Middle East.”
Senators Rosen, Lankford, Ernst, and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) launched the Abraham Accords Caucus earlier this year to build on the success of the Abraham Accord by strengthening and expanding normalization and peace agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. The companion House Abraham Accords Caucus was established and is chaired by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), David Trone (D-MD), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Brad Schneider (D-IL). Senator Booker, a co-lead of the Israel Relations Normalization Act, also released a statement with the bill’s co-leads.
The Caucus is supported by the Atlantic Council, the Abraham Accords Peace Institute, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah – The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, the US-Israel Education Association, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Israel Policy Forum, CUFI Action, the Jewish Federations of North America, B’nai B’rith International, the American Jewish Congress, Jewish Democratic Council of America, and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
The mission statement of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus is available here.