Diplomacy Marches on its Stomach: One Rabbi Helps Cook up Kosher Fare for UAE Delegation

03 Sep 2020

Top Israeli and American officials arrived in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday departing from Tel Aviv aboard an El Al Boeing 737 aircraft and in an unprecedented occurrence flying over Saudi Arabian airspace for the first-ever visit towards normalization between Israel and the UAE.

While much of the media’s reporting was justifiably focused on the substance of the meetings of what is being dubbed the “Abraham Accord,” a lot was going on behind the scenes to ensure the visit was a success.

One of the key role players in the two-day event was Rabbi Yissachar Krakowski, head of the Orthodox Union’s kosher department in Israel, and a trained mashgiach (kosher supervisor).

Krakowski arrived in the UAE a day before the meetings commenced and worked with a local caterer to ensure that all of the food served met kashrut requirements, as many of the attending participants adhere to strict kosher dietary laws.

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