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Lapid calls on ‘every Muslim’ country to come make peace with Israel

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Yair Lapid arrives to speak at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York City on September 22, 2022. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid arrives to speak at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York City on September 22, 2022. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP)

In the last section of his UN speech, Prime Minister Yair Lapid calls upon “every Muslim country — from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia — to recognize… our hand is outstretched for peace.”

Saudi Arabia and Indonesia are the two most important Muslim countries that have been mentioned as possible candidates to join the Abraham Accords.

“We proved our desire for peace through the Abraham Accords, the Negev Summit, and the agreements we’ve signed with the Arab world,” says Lapid.

“The State of Israel is the only country in the world founded by a book. The Book of Books. The Tanakh,” Lapid says, referring to the Hebrew Bible.

“That book and the principles of liberal democracy require us to stretch out our hand in peace. Our history requires us to be clear-eyed and very careful.”

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