The push for the normalization of Israel’s position in the Arab world is far stronger than that of de-normalizing the Israeli occupation of Arab territories, which are illegal under international law.
For the Palestinian Authority, a policy of self-isolation is the worst option of all.
The event will feature remarks by William J. Burns, Ann Kerr, and Maha Yahya, followed by a conversation between Jihad Azour, Marwan Muasher, Ben Rhodes, and Christiane Amanpour looking toward the ten-year anniversary of the Arab Spring.
The United States is putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel. But the outcome of such a deal may not be as advertised.
Trump’s predictions of a “foundation of comprehensive peace” and “dawn of a new Middle East” are premature. If left unattended by Trump or a potential successor, the Israel-Palestinian conflict will fester, leaving Palestinians’ national ambitions unfulfilled.
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.