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The implications of normalisation with Israel

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Israel has imposed itself through successive wars and military victories since the 1948 war. Israel has also exploited American support which is committed to making it militarily superior to the armies of the Arab states. Israel is the only country possessing nuclear weapons in the Middle East. However, more importantly, on the other hand, Israel’s military victories did not offer it recognition and legitimacy, nor did it solve the problems of water, economy and trade. Israel needs markets and openness to the Arab region. What Israel wants from the Arabs is clear, acceptance of it, acceptance of the results of its victories, acceptance of its occupation of Jerusalem and Palestine, and acceptance of it as one of the strongest states in the Middle East.

In essence, “normalisation” as I understand it is not a question of formality, but it is, in essence, normalisation with the Israeli occupation and Zionism and acceptance of Israeli and Zionist narrative regarding the land and the population, which includes abandoning the narrative opposing Zionism and the occupation. The first person to speak of this kind of normalisation (normalisation without rights, demands, or the right to self-determination) is Abba Eban, the Israeli foreign minister who, in the 1960s, believed that normalisation aims to build normal relations with the Arabs at all levels (totally........

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