אחמד אלמנסורי
Ahmed Al-Mansouri
Photo: Yaron Brenner
UAE, Israeli and U.S. flags hoisted outside an El Al airplane, adorned with the word "peace" in Arabic, English and Hebrew

Dreaming of performing in Israel, UAE musician plays Hatikvah

Ahmed Al-Mansouri says UAE-Israel agreement had inspired him to perform the Israeli national anthem as tribute for peace and unity; hopes to play in public in the Jewish state and perform with a local artist one day

Attila Somfalvi |
Published: 10.18.20 , 10:27
Ahmed Al-Mansouri, a musician from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has learned to play Israel’s national anthem, Hatikvah, on the oud - a lute-type instrument - as a tribute to the recently signed normalization agreement between the Jewish state and the Gulf state.
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  • In an interview with Ynet, Al-Mansouri talked about the Israel-UAE agreement, the responses he received to his tribute and the significance of music in shaping a world built on unity and peace.
    Ahmed Al-Mansouri interview with Ynet
    (Video: Yaron Brenr)
    Al-Mansouri, who specializes in the traditional and classical music of his people, says that the agreement with Israel, which was signed last month on the lawn of the White House in Washington, was nothing less than an inspiration for him.
    “Once I heard about the agreement between the UAE and Israel I decided to play the national anthem of Israel on the oud, to send a message of peace between the two countries,” sa Al-Mansouri.
    According to Al-Mansouri, his rendition of Hatikvah was mostly well-received by his compatriots and although some were aggravated by the surprise gesture, Al-Mansouri says he doesn't mind.
    the Emirati, Israeli and US flags are picture attached to an air-plane of Israel's El Al, adorned with the word "peace" in Arabic, English and Hebrewthe Emirati, Israeli and US flags are picture attached to an air-plane of Israel's El Al, adorned with the word "peace" in Arabic, English and Hebrew
    UAE, Israeli and U.S. flags hoisted outside an El Al airplane, adorned with the word "peace" in Arabic, English and Hebrew
    (Photo: AFP)
    “It is very important to me to send peace by music to the whole world,” he said, “I believe in what I am doing.”
    Al-Mansouri further added that not only would he like to visit Israel, but it would also be a dream come true for him to perform in the Jewish state.
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain Foreign Ministry Abdullatif al-Zayani, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Foreign Ministry Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    (Photo: AFP)
    “It is a dream for me, and I hope one day to visit Israel and play in public there,” said Al-Mansouri, who added he will be happy to perform with an Israeli artist one day.
    Al-Mansouri also stated he is a fan of Israeli music.
    “In my opinion, Israeli music is very beautiful, it is similar to Arabic music in a different taste."
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