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Israeli Democrats, Republicans spar over election impact on normalization deals

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26.10.2020

Israeli representatives of the two major US parties on Monday sparred over the question of whether the current trend of Arab states normalizing ties with Jerusalem would continue, if Democratic candidate Joe Biden were to win the November 3 presidential elections.

Hezi Kugler, of Democrats Abroad Israel, said the recent US-brokered agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan were part of a larger trend that would continue with Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, in the White House.

“These are processes that have been ongoing for years now. Israel has had quiet relations, certainly with the UAE and with Bahrain and other Gulf states, for quite some time — even with Sudan over the last few years,” he said in a pre-election virtual debate hosted by Media Central.

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It is true that these clandestine ties are now culminating in bilateral treaties, Kugler, a lecturer on public policy at the University of Haifa, acknowledged.

“But the policies themselves of quiet encouragement by the US to the states in the Middle East and North Africa to strengthen their relationships with Israel has been going on for years, including under the Obama-Biden administration,” he argued. Hezi Kugler of Democrats Abroad Israel during a Zoom debate ahead of the US presidential elections, October 26, 2020. (screen grab)

“So I have no doubt that this would continue once Joe Biden is elected president of the United States.”

Marc Zell, the chairman of Republicans Overseas Israel and a........

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