(The Atlantic)

My Reflections on The Abraham Accords

The Jewish holidays. The extensive period of lavish celebration, remembrance, and delectable culture foods. Each year, my family from near and far travels to one another, preparing with detailed grocery lists and meal invitations. We look forward to a time away from electronics, enjoying the gracious moments that the holidays present us. It is a time of reflection, yet also a time to catch up with whom we love most. 

Setting the dining room table, I notice my uncles and cousins returning from synagogue. There is then a knock at the door, beginning our long-awaited meal. We organize the place settings and place the warm challah on the cutting board imported from Israel. The savory scent coming from the table lures my younger relatives straight to the meal, who end their ping-pong and UNO games abruptly. We all join together for the holiday feast; the conversation is the best dish served at the table. In this refreshing ambience, we dine, discuss pressing matters, and delight in the company around us. There’s nothing quite like it.

At one meal, a conversation began about how holidays are especially memorable due to the family’s closeness. It sparked my gratitude for my home, which serves as the gathering place for my family members from all sides of the country. With that, I was fascinated when I heard that a group of people didn’t have this sort of privilege for the longest of times; they couldn’t congregate with their relatives on Jewish holidays nor during the rest of the year. 

Bahrain, an island on the Persian Gulf, houses roughly 1.5 million civilians; its Jewish population dates back to the late 1800s. For many years, travel and trade between Bahrain and Israel were constricted. This led to countless times when Bahraini Jews could not celebrate holidays with family in Israel. Since most had family overseas, loneliness became more and more apparent. They longed for their loved ones and the ability to welcome Jewish festivities as a familial unit. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, marked the beginning of a new era for the Bahraini Jews. President Trump signed a historic peace deal between Israel and Arab nations, precipitating better relations in the Middle East. The peace deal specifically brokered provocative arrangements between Israel and Bahrain. One of the agreements signed, the Abraham Accords, permitted collaboration between these two nations by lifting the restrictions once limited their travel capacities. In that same week, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, gifted a Torah scroll to the Bahraini Jews. The donation only furthered the enthusiasm and thrill already circulating the country. 

The tight-knit Jewish clan never believed that there would be suitable relations with Israel during their lifetimes, enough to lift the travel ban. The community leader, Ebrahim Nonoo, adds about the phenomenon, “It just didn’t seem possible.” He continued to explain the positive aftereffects: “We can talk to our relatives, and we can feel more comfortable now about going and coming. It actually changes a lot.” 

The recent happenings for the Bahraini Jews gave them the freedom to visit and welcome family whenever they pleased; the newfound freedom electrifies them. I hope they all join together for holiday feasts, where the conversation will be the best dish served at the table. I hope they dine, discuss pressing matters, and delight in the company around them. And, I hope they leave their meals with their families with the same radiant smile I wear when leaving my feasts because there’s nothing quite like it.



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Rochel Leah Itzkowitz is a senior at the Frisch School in New Jersey. She is a Staff Writer for Fresh Ink for Teens.

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