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Ms. Buttu is baffled

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09.09.2020

The paragon of American journalism (I refer of course to “the newspaper of record,” The New York Times) has favored us with an op-ed authored by one Diana Buttu, who, we are told, is a Palestinian lawyer and a former advisor to the negotiating team of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The piece carries the rather pessimistic headline: “The U.A.E.-Israel Flight Is Nothing to Celebrate,” and the even more gloomy subheading: “It’s a slap in the face of Palestinians, who can no longer count on Arab states for political support.” Put Ms. Buttu down as unhappy.

To my mind, there are two things that are particularly interesting about the Buttu op-ed. The first is this assertion: “Unlike the agreements Israel signed with Egypt and Jordan — to return land to those countries — the U.A.E. deal comes at no cost to Israel, which left many baffled as to why the U.A.E. would make such a move.” Ms. Buttu obviously is among the baffled. Well, I think I can help to remove her bafflement.

The government of the U.A.E. decided to establish diplomatic relations with Israel because it concluded that, taking all relevant considerations into account, the U.A.E. would have a better future if it had diplomatic relations with Israel than if it did not. That seems self-evidently correct, but what Ms. Buttu seems to be........

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