Abraham Accords

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.

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18 Responses to Abraham Accords

  1. H.R. says:

    My understanding of the deal is that instead of trying to settle things between the Palestinians and Israel, which has been 40 years or so of failure, the Trump approach was to cut them out of the picture and find the economic advantages and alliances that Israel and other Middle East countries couldn’t turn down and could build on.

    Also, I think Bahrain is being put up to this by the Saudis as a proxy toe in the water to see how it will go. Depending on results, a domino effect may occur with a lot of other countries there.

    But as President Trump likes to say… we shall see.

    If the economics are strong enough for the Arabic leaders, they may keep the hot-headed jihadists in check so as not to upset that nice little applecart they have there. That would be the force behind a more long-lasting peace.

  2. cdquarles says:

    Big issue, in my mind, has been the Persians (Iranians) and they’ve been big since the Shah. On the other hand, that Koran does say Muslims may speak with a forked tongue. Goes back to Ishmael and Isaac and Esau and Jacob; so we shall see.

  3. H.R. says:

    @E.M. – Rereading what you wrote in the post about the Saudis, I want to emphasize that they are in this, big league, by proxy. The deal wouldn’t have gone through without their approval.

    The House of Saud is very much looking at making sure they have a 1,000 year dynasty. They have been and are preparing for a future without oil** while they have lot’s of oil money. They will need a broader-based economy and a stable region with lot’s of varied interwoven economies if they intend to maintain their position as the 800 pound gorilla of the Middle East.

    **They’ve made it known for years that they have been exploring what to do without oil revenue. They know the oil money will stop either because they ‘run out’ of oil – not actually, but for purposes of maintaining current economic position – or oil will finally be replaced by another energy source.

  4. u.k.(us) says:

    So, the Saudi’s watered down versions of our F-15’s, promise not to shoot down any airliners.
    I guess that is progress.

  5. philjourdan says:

    Common enemy. Iran, and they have already attacked Arab interests (remember the drone strike on the Saudi oil field?)

    It is for real Out of desperation. I suspect that Trump is not bragging. While the Palestinians hate the Jews, the rest of the Arab world only does because of them. But they fear Iran more.

  6. jim2 says:

    Since Trump doesn’t want to keep feeding the military-industrial complex, to the chagrin of lots of generals current and retired on the boards of defense contractors, the denizens of the Middle East might see it as a way to keep the Devil out of there. I don’t know, maybe. We’ll see.

  7. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Muslim world is supposed to learn to walk with Jesus, is this that age? It could be. Maybe modern Muslim women will learn to love their children more then they hate Jew and Gentile.
    We can hope for the best and expect the worst. For a hundred years the Muslim World has tried to eradicate Israel. With every attack they grow weaker and the Jews grow stronger.Maybe they will realize that the hand of GOD is against that enterprise and turn their vision towards peace…pg

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Some people just love to hate. Can the Muslim world learn to just love? Be it life, their children, their neighbors, or even just money? I don’t know. We have about 1300 years of violence and hateful history, so it doesn’t look good to me. But maybe. Christianity took a while too.

  9. Nancy & John Hultquist says:

    With limited knowledge, I suspect that most main religions have a few decent principles. Maybe someone has summarized these. (?)
    The way “believers” of one sect have treated “others” during recorded history (and likely before) is a most difficult thing to understand. In certain cases there is an attachment to land, Zionism and Hindutva come to mind. In other cases, say Catholicism, the attachment is to “the word” (first written by unknown folks) that has led to atrocities. [Example: “Burning at the stake” {although not original with The Church; Joan of Arc} is well known.]

    The world’s people would be better off without organized religions.
    Not happening.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    @N&J H.:

    IMHO, it isn’t “religion” that’s the problem, but the “organized” part. All power structures attract the power mad who abuse them. Doesn’t matter if it is religion, government, armies, or mega corporations. Once it is big and powerful, sociopaths and psychopaths tend to rise to the top more than normies, and folks lusting after power over others gravitate to “middle management”.

    We, as a species have failed to find a way to weed out the corrupt, power mad, and abusive from positions of power over others and the lust to extend that power over “the other”.

  11. philjourdan says:

    Christianity took a while too.

    Christianity started out peaceful. That was the message! They got bloody when they conquered Rome. And then the Holy Roman Empire.

    Islam started bloody, And has never changed.

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    Interesting point.

    So the middle ages Christianity was old Christianity blended with Imperial Roman violence…

  13. philjourdan says:

    Pretty much. It was never the message of Jesus.

  14. Another Ian says:

    Re ” Once it is big and powerful, sociopaths and psychopaths tend to rise to the top more than normies, and folks lusting after power over others gravitate to “middle management”. ”

    I was in a management course once where the “Pyramid Principle” was explained, which produced this comment:_

    “So that’s how it’s supposed to work. I thought it was more like a vegetarian’s dunny – the turds float to the top”.

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Tee Hee ;-)

    I used to wonder why so many “Upper Management” were self centred A-holes. Now I know, but it doesn’t make it any better…

  16. philjourdan says:

    @Another Ian

    We call it management by monkeys in trees. The monkeys on the bottom look up and all they see are monkey asses, But the monkeys up top just shit on the monkeys below.

  17. Another Ian says:

    Around this territory

    Just recently I heard “If you see it you can be it”

    Maybe modern clothing styles help explain the seeming increase in pricks and cunts in the population we have to deal with?

  18. Another Ian says:


    My last comment might be in spam

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