The (justified) jubilation over normalization with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain should not obscure the failure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.
Israel’s normalization of relations with the UAE and Bahrain is more transactional than transformative.
Babel will take you beyond the headlines to discuss what’s really happening in the Middle East and North Africa. It features regional experts who explain what’s going on, provide context on pivotal developments, and highlight trends you may have missed.
Middle East and democracy expert discusses details of the Middle East Accord signing.
The much-vaunted announcement that Bahrain will normalize relations with Israel, hot on the heels of the United Arab Emirates, has been greeted with excitement in Western foreign policy circles. But true stability in the region is a long way off.
In an interview, Marwan Muasher discusses the latest developments in the agreement between the UAE and Israel.
The UAE and Israel have agreed to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the United States. The “Abraham Accord,” announced in early August, was contingent on Israel halting its plans to annex Palestinian territory.
Before Washington starts providing unconditional support to another Arab authoritarian, the United States should be clear about what it wants out of the relationship and how it should use the leverage it has with the UAE to achieve those outcomes.
The EU should seize the historical opportunity of the Israel-UAE agreement to propose bold, new ideas for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bringing peace to the Middle East.
Whether the Israel-UAE deal holds and has an enduring impact on the region will depend on several factors.