WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and James Lankford (R-OK), co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, issued the following joint statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would expand the Abraham Accords collaboration among member countries of the U.S., Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Morocco to include cybersecurity:
“Expanding the already successful Abraham Accords into cybersecurity creates another layer to our ability to collaborate with Israel and our other Abraham Accords allies to address shared cybersecurity threats. Iran, in particular, is a destabilizing cyber actor, posing a significant threat to the United States, Israel, and our Arab partners. With cyber threats becoming increasingly sophisticated, the United States must leverage our partners’ capabilities to enhance our homeland security. Advanced and widespread cybersecurity attacks remain a major threat to nations and private businesses in the US and around the world. The regional security integration created and fostered through the Accords ensures the US, Israel, and the other member nations can continue to defend against Iranian aggression. We will continue to push federal agencies to pursue initiatives that strengthen and expand the Accords within their realms of responsibility.”
Expansion of the Accords into cybersecurity follows a bipartisan delegation visit Rosen and Lankford led with several of their Senate colleagues to the Abraham Accords countries, which included discussions on enhancing regional cyber cooperation.