Congressional candidates weigh in on Middle East accord


Congressman Anthony Brindisi, D-22, Utica, attended the signing ceremony Tuesday at the White House for the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and his rematch opponent Nov. 3, former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, also welcomed the diplomatic pact.

“It was an honor to be invited by President (Donald) Trump to the signing of the Abraham Accords, and I commend the administration for this diplomatic breakthrough,” Brindisi said in a statement.

“I am proud of the role that bipartisan support for the US-Israel relationship played in making this day possible,” the Utica Democrat’s statement added.

“Israel is our strongest ally in the world, and I hope that more countries will follow the lead of the UAE and Bahrain and normalize relations with Israel in the near future. …This agreement is a positive step towards a more peaceful and stable Middle East. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to work with Democrats, Republicans, and this Administration to work towards peace,” Brindisi said.

Tenney also issued a statement pledging to stand by Israel and crediting President Trump with helping to get other Middle East powers to accept the deal, with Saudi Arabia allowing flights between Israel and the Gulf States to use its air space and the Arab League refusing to condemn the agreement. Tenney said she visited Israel in 2019 and worked on legislation to move the American embassy to Israel to Jerusalem.

“Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to Israel again,” Tenney said. “It gave me an even greater appreciation for the challenges of securing peace and prosperity for all parties. Today, the UAE and Bahrain join with Egypt and Jordan in recognizing Israel and its right to exist. The Abraham Accords are a historic step for Israel, the Arab states, and the entire world.”

Neither Brindisi nor Tenney mentioned the Palestinians in their respective statements.


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