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Is the Abraham Accords Truly a Win for Israel?

Liza Cablayan Journalist at Israel Now
Published on October 17, 2020
Is the Abraham Accords Truly a Win for Israel?
#Opinion #Politics

 

The deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE to normalize relations between the three of them has caused quite a ruckus in the Middle East, and Israel looks like they’re getting more out of the bargain as their political ground in the region has been increasing, and expanding trade and finance. Israel also seems to get nearer to its goal of solidifying an Arab-Israeli coalition against Iran.

Events that have happened recently have elicited a lot of concerned people about politics in the Middle East, asking what this would entail for Israel as the Palestine issue has been completely sidetracked in the politics of the Arab world. People are also asking about the Palestinians, asking if their final say on the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel is slowly slipping away.

Having the last say

A consensus has always been present among Arab states that if they ever planned to deal with Israel, it has to be conditioned on a “land for peace” arrangement. The latter has to leave its territories that they occupied in the 1967 war. Although Israel might not want to give up its occupied territory just to give way for an independent Palestinian state for normalizing its relation with other Arab states.

This consensus allowed Palestinians to have the last say on any deals for normalization. It made addressing the Palestinian issue the only way Israel will be considered part of the Arab world.

What UAE, Bahrain, and Israel have agreed to, is to put this consensus aside to deal with the Palestinian issue, and to let the people know what has been happening for decades on the sidelines, that is the normalization of relations between Israel and UAE.

It shows how the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain can disregard the ongoing Arab position for a “land for peace”. Abu Dhabi and Manama have given the Israelis what they have long been waiting for, that is to open the political relations, trade, and backing for their anti-Iran plans, without the need to address the Palestinian issue.

Israel has always been transparent with what they want, that is to establish a clear line of full diplomatic relations with the Emirates and Bahrain, which will mean the Israelis will have full access to other countries, such as Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Sudan. When the deals for normalization continues, it will eventually lead to Palestinians losing their last say on normalization with Israel, and their cause has lost its political value to the other Arab states.