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While it is not uncommon in the political world to describe something as a historic breakthrough, it is not uncommon for the term to be justified. Still, it’s the right way to describe the tripartite deal announced by the Trump White House, Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday.
Based on its immediate impact, you could even call this an earthquake. Immediately, fault lines in the region were redrawn and opened the door for Israel to normalize relations with other Arab states.
The deal also significantly increased heat for the Palestinians to execute a deal, fearing they would be further isolated in the face of a confrontation with Israel.
“It means they finally have to go to the negotiating table, or keep going where they̵7;ve been,” Jared Kushner, the top US official involved in drafting the terms, told me.
Indeed, there is a sweetener in the deal targeting the Palestinians. Israel’s agreement to suspend the plan to assert sovereignty over much of the West Bank was a huge concession to buy time for the Palestinians, but not to end. Kushner has defined the suspension as including “the foreseeable future”.
He said UAE leaders were concerned that Israel’s move would be a “major step back in relations” and thus prompted the suspension.
Meanwhile, the establishment of official diplomatic relations and the initiation of direct air flights mean that Muslims from the UAE will be able to fly to Israel and visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of. the Rock in Jerusalem. That preamble shredded Islam’s claims that Israel prevented them from worshiping at mosques, one of Islam’s holiest sites.
The huge tradeoffs testify to President Trump’s policy of strengthening the US alliance with Israel and fighting Islamic extremists. Conventional critics, including Democrats, most European governments and UN officials, predict that Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the job. Israel annexing the Golan Heights would lead to greater Arab reunification and possible warfare.
In fact, critics have endorsed the policy pursued by the Obama-Biden administration, which has only yielded negative results. The former team supported Israel, Saudi Arabia and other traditional allies while luring Palestine and Iran. In return, it received nothing but the persistence of the Palestinians and a belligerent and belligerent Iran.
By going in the opposite direction, Trump, Kushner and Ambassador David Friedman are using the strengthened US-Israel relationship as a gathering point for Arab states that fear Iran more than Israel.
With its signature, the UAE becomes the third Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and is the first country since Jordan and Israel signed the peace treaty in 1994. Egypt and Israel agreed to an official peace in 1979.
Those deals are certainly grandiose and, despite the tensions, remain a stabilizing factor amid regional turmoil. The deal with the UAE could prove to be equally important and add the element of coming out of nowhere to completely surprise the world.
The UAE became the first Gulf Arab country to normalize relations with Israel and there has been speculation that other countries may follow suit, including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.
“This changes the diplomatic paradigm in the region,” said Dore Gold, a veteran Israeli ambassador and former advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Although this does not rule out relations between Israel and Palestine, it does remove Palestine’s veto over Middle East peace.”
It also rocked Iran’s cage. Although Saudi Arabia and others already have a post-channel security relationship with Israel, the UAE, a predominantly Sunni coalition of seven emirates, formally recognizes what Iran calls ” Little devil “has made the people of this country crazy.
In the past, that may have meant that General Qassem Soleimani would free his Quds Force to create chaos and try to be forced to yield in the face of terror. However, Trump decided to take down Soleimani last January, so the likelihood of Iran churning out the market is dramatically diminished, along with its economy, thanks to US sanctions.
Of course, this is the Mideast, nothing is completely resolved. But there’s no denying that Thursday’s pact strengthened the power of those who wanted peace and expanded the US-led coalition in ways that protesters never believed was possible.
Against that backdrop, see if Joe Biden and the Trump-hating media have the integrity to acknowledge the success of Trump’s foreign policy. Or are they surrounded with rage that they are willing to refuse the peace treaties?