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The Abraham Accords and the panic of Israel’s delegitimizers

18 11 15

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the historic UAE-Israel normalization agreement, several things stand out.

First, unlike Israel’s vital peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, this one actually translated into the beginnings of normal relations between the two countries and two peoples. Whether it is economic arrangements, tourism, diplomatic exchanges, or Jewish communal activity, so much about the agreement has manifested itself in a completely different relationship on the ground. ​ And there is an eagerness by the leaders of the UAE to work toward greater tolerance and respect between Muslims and Jews​, something that we at ADL also prioritize.

Second, the agreement stood the test of a serious crisis with the war against Hamas in May. Anti-Israel propaganda was at a fever pitch in parts of the Middle East, in Europe and the United States. Yet, there was never the slightest inkling that the UAE leadership was reconsidering its relationship with the Jewish state.

Third, what has been so striking was how the UAE decision broke a barrier by opening up a new way of thinking about Israel........

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