Eli Cohen, the foreign minister of Israel, referred to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by underlining the late civil rights activist’s wish for peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors in a tweet.
Cohen wrote on Twitter, “Today, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The solution will have to be found in statesmanship by Israel and progressive Arab forces that recognize fair and peaceful solutions are the concern of all humanity and must be found,” he wrote in a letter to Jewish leaders in 1967, referring to the region.
Cohen continued by connecting MLK’s dream to the Negev Forum, which debuted in March 2022 as the Negev Summit and brought together U.S. Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Egypt’s foreign ministers, as well as Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Since then, it has become a permanent framework for regional Israel-Arab collaboration.
High-level attendees at the summit told JNS that if such a gathering had been proposed just a few years ago, it would have been brushed aside as “wishful thinking,” “a dream,” and a forecast better suited to the category of “prophecy.”
Meetings of the steering committee and working groups for the Negev Forum were conducted in Abu Dhabi last week.
“As we reach out to others to join in this great endeavor, let us all embrace the words of Rev. King, who was killed before accomplishing his plan. And may his words be a source of encouragement for us as we move forward,” Cohen said.