MembersANALYSIS: Has the Real Arab Spring Now Begun?

Meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his colleague from the UAE Abdullah Bin Zayed

By Yochanan Visser |
epa08724123 UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi (L) visit the Holocaust memorial together with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (C) prior to their historic meeting in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2020. The UAE and Israeli foreign ministers meet for talks for the first time since in September 2020 the countries signed the Abraham Accords on establishing diplomatic relations. Photo: EPA-EFE/MICHELE TANTUSSI / POOL

As Israel and the two Arab Gulf states Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates continue to normalize their relations, it appears that the Palestinian leadership completely lost it in its response to the startling developments in relations between the Jewish state and the two Gulf countries.

Last week, a meeting took place in Germany between Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his colleague from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Abdullah Bin Zayed. The two ministers met together with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin (see photo).

It was the first high-level meeting since Israel and the UAE negotiated a peace agreement and the symbolism of Bin Zayed’s visit to the Holocaust memorial in Berlin was that the UAE now recognizes the Israeli narrative ‘never again’ and the need for a Jewish state in the Middle East.

 

A slap in the face

The fact that Germany facilitated the meeting between Ashkenazi and Bin Zayed...

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