Just watched the signing, live, on RSBN, of The Abraham Accords. Peace deals between USA, Israel, UAE, and Bahrain.
So the big question is: How long will it last?
So the small question: Who else will join over time?
All the usual pomp & circumstance. Big smiles. Talk of peace in our time. Lots of hope.
BUT: I can’t help thinking that with all the places in the Koran where it says to slay the Jews, it’s going to have issues. Especially when someone like Iran does pot stirring via Lebanon et. al.
The Israel–United Arab Emirates normalization agreement, or the Abraham Accord, was agreed to by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020. If an agreement is signed, the UAE will be the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to formally normalize its relationship with Israel, as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so. Concurrently, Israel agreed to suspend plans for annexing parts of the West Bank. The agreement would normalize what had long been strong informal relations between the two countries. It is expected that the agreement will be signed in the White House on 15 September 2020.
On August 16, 2019, Israel’s foreign minister Israel Katz made a public declaration about military cooperation with the UAE amidst rising tensions with Iran. Also, on August 16, 2020, the UAE for the first time established telephone links to Israel by unblocking direct dialling to Israel’s +972 country code. The first direct commercial flight from Israel to the UAE took place on August 31, 2020.
So it is another “land for peace” deal. I guess we’ll see if “This time for sure!” or not… Sort of…
Prime Minister Netanyahu said there was “no change” to his plans to annex parts of the West Bank if it was approved by the US, but added they were on temporary hold. Before the agreement, the plan to annex 30% of the West Bank were already on hold due to a majority of Israelis and the government coalition partner Benny Gantz rejected the plan. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live in the areas, in addition to Palestinians, which were under Israeli control in practice.
Gantz thanked Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for making the peace deal happen, saying it showed an alliance between Middle Eastern nations that wanted stability and mutual cooperation. It also showed Israel’s eternal desire for peace with neighboring countries per him, while also enhancing Israel’s image on world stage and creating a better future for the region. Netanyahu when questioned by reporters, admitted to keeping the negotiations with the UAE a secret from Blue and White due to the United States requesting him to do so.
So put on hold what was already on hold and able to un-hold them should folks not play nice, I guess? I suspect more of a Dig Here! needed for that bit of political craft.
Now if the Saudis were to join in, we’d have something big. As it is, looks to me like a Big Hope. “But hope is not a strategy. -E.M.Smith”
So I wonder just what the strategy behind the hope might be… Camel’s nose of peace under the tent? More time to rearm insurgents? Just the smell of lots of money to be had? Who knows…
Best of luck and peace to all those nations involved, and their neighbors.