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One Year since the Abraham Accords: Where Do Israel-UAE Stand?

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When the Abraham Accords were signed between the UAE and Israel in September last year, it appeared to be part of Donald Trump’s campaign for re-election. By projecting himself as someone who could bring peace to the Middle East, he must have expected to receive a big boost to his foreign policy success story. Whether the Accords were just a political ploy remains a moot question; however, the impact that these Accords have left on the Middle East is unmistakably profound. For one thing, for both the UAE and Israel, this has been far more than a mere “marriage of convenience.” To a very large extent, both countries have been remarkably successful in turning their nascent diplomatic connections into a vehicle of deep and strategic ties. By now, this is quite obvious that the primary rationale for the UAE behind developing ties with Israel was not to prevent the latter from annexing more and more of the Palestinian land. Rather, it was to develop direct ties with the region’s most powerful country and use this relationship to drive economic growth, increase its own influence in the region and raise its international profile.

In other words, while the agreement was called “accords”, the way this agreement has unfolded shows this has been an alliance not only against the Palestinians but also Iran, Turkey and even Saudi Arabia because of the immense benefits it has brought to Abu Dhabi.

As UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri recently said, the first year of UAE-Israel ties has been........

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