How the Israel-UAE Deal Changes the Mideast Map Avi Ohayon/GPO
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How the Israel-UAE Deal Changes the Mideast Map

The equation has changed, alliances have shifted, and the map of conflict is redrawn, this time in Israel’s favor


The UAE-Israeli peace agreement will contribute to security coordination between the two countries to combat terrorism and extremism, and work to establish stability in the region.

The UAE-Israel peace agreement will change the strategic alliances in the Middle East. Especially at the level of security coordination and combating terrorism in the region. The two sides are moving forward rapidly, at all levels. The latest example of Emirati-Israeli cooperation was a phone call by the UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bawardi, with his Israeli counterpart, Benny Gantz, in which they discussed ways to enhance communication and establish solid bilateral relations between the two countries.

Security is one of the main common interests shared by the UAE and Israel, in particular as it relates to curbing Iran’s hegemonic ambitions in the region. The peace agreement will enable the two countries to expand the scope of security cooperation in a way that makes it not inconsistent with other national interests.

But it will be necessary for the two countries to invest in this relationship, and every indication...