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Arab Reactions to Peace between Israel and UAE

Arabs offer mixed responses while Israelis yearn for peace without conditions


It all started with a tweet from President Donald Trump announcing the establishment of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel. For more than a year the White House peace team, led by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser, has been holding talks with Israel and the United Arab Emirates about the possibility of normalization between them. As with most of the Muslim world, there has been a state of hostility between the UAE and Israel in the past. And now, just before Israel’s anticipated annexation, the UAE-Israel dialogue succeeded. In fact, the UAE for its part, bills the agreement as having been made to prevent the annexation. This agreement is called the “Abraham Accord,” which reminds Muslims and Jews that Abraham is our mutual father, through Ishmael and Isaac.

Netanyahu, who was said to be preoccupied with his personal legal problems and unable to deal with state affairs, once again managed to surprise us with an exceptional political achievement – An agreement that does not require any Israeli concession of territory…