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But is there a hidden danger in warming relations with the Gulf states?
 
09/19/2020
 

Trump Announces Peace Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

But is there a hidden danger in warming relations with the Gulf states?


BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL

On Thursday, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to a historic peace agreement, marking a stark shift in the Middle East and a critical foreign-policy victory for United States President Donald Trump. Nicknamed the Abraham Accords, the deal will see the full formalization of ties between the nations, including direct flights between the states, exchange of diplomats and embassies, security cooperation and an economic partnership.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders,” read a joint statement by President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.A.E. Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. “All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.”

To this point, the only other Middle East nations to make peace agreements with Israel are Egypt (1978) and Jordan (1994).

The deal with Abu Dhabi is the first time Israel has made peace with an Arab nation that doesn’t share its border and, critically, a powerful Gulf state that is actively fighting against Iranian influence.

 
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