UAE reunites Yemeni Jewish family after 15 years apart

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The family members expressed “extreme happiness” in a video recorded about their reunion. (WAM)
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The family members expressed “extreme happiness” in a video recorded about their reunion. (WAM)
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The family members expressed “extreme happiness” in a video recorded about their reunion. (WAM)
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The family members expressed “extreme happiness” in a video recorded about their reunion. (WAM)
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Updated 09 August 2020

UAE reunites Yemeni Jewish family after 15 years apart

  • The UAE reunited a Jewish Yemeni family after 15 years of separation
  • They described being reunited as a “miracle” after such a long time apart

DUBAI: The UAE has helped a Jewish Yemeni family reunite with its other members in London after 15 years of separation.
Emirati authorities were able to facilitate the travel of the mother and father from Yemen to the UAE, as well as arrange for their daughter, son, his wife and the grandchildren, who are living in London, to join them there.

The family members expressed “extreme happiness” in a video recorded about their reunion by state news agency WAM.

They described being reunited as a “miracle” after such a long time apart. 
“It was nothing short of a miracle and the realisation of an impossible dream,” a statement on behalf of the family said.

“We thank the UAE for their great support in arranging the reunion.
The father, who expressed his appreciation for the UAE’s help, said: “I feel as if I were reborn today. I am so happy to have met all my children and grandchildren.”


No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.