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The Abraham Accords A Year Later

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A few days ago, at a Zoom event marking the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House in Washington, D.C., Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid invited yet more Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel.

“The Abraham Accords club is open for new members as well,” said Lapid in a flight of fancy suggesting that a new procession of Arab countries are clamoring to join it .

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who hosted the event, delivered a similar message. “We want to widen the circle of peaceful diplomacy because it’s in the interest of countries across the region and around the world for Israel to be treated like any other country,” he said.

Last month, U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that he fully supports the Abraham Accords and will work to develop and expand them.

The Abraham Accords were signed in 2020 within a span of four months by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, all of which agreed to establish normal political and economic relations with Israel.

“These agreements proved that Israel is an integral and permanent part of the Middle East, with much to contribute to the stability and prosperity of the region,” said Haim Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the European Union, this week.

These historic accords might have remained figments of the imagination without the bold and persistent intervention of the then U.S. president, Donald Trump, who has been given insufficient credit for having........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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