Selected Essays

The Meaning of Israel’s Peace Accord with the United Arab Emirates: A Symposium

Jared Kushner, John Bolton, Ron Dermer, Dore Gold, Amos Yadlin, Ed Husain, Richard Goldberg and Hussein Aboubakr

In August of 2020 Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced, to the world’s surprise and (mostly) delight, a deal to pursue mutual peace and normalization, making it just the third peace agreement Israel has come to with an Arab state.

How did this historic deal come about, what does it mean, and what does it portend for the future of Israel’s relations with its neighbors? We invited a handful of serious thinkers to look at the political, cultural, and historical meanings of this moment. Download and read this multi-part symposium, with contributions from:

  • Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, on the
    precursors to the deal.
  • Ed Husain, author of The House of Islam, on the free mind of the
  • Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, on his hopes
    for Israel and her Arab neighbors.
  • Richard Goldberg, former member of the U.S. National Security
    Council, on the American angle.
  • Amos Yadlin, former chief of Israeli Military Intelligence, on
    motivations and complications.
  • Hussein Aboubakr, Egyptian-born writer and educator, on the new
    ideology in the Middle East.
  • John Bolton, former U.S. National Security Advisor, on the need for
    American leadership.
  • Jared Kushner, senior advisor to the president, on America’s
    diplomatic outlook

The symposium was originally published at our website,

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About the Authors

John Bolton served as the U.S. National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019.


Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs, is a former ambassador of Israel to the United Nations (1997-1999) and the author of, among other books , Hatred’s Kingdom, The Fight for Jerusalem, and The Rise of Nuclear Iran.


Amos Yadlin served as Israel’s chief of defense intelligence and then, from 2011-2021, as executive director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv.


Ed Husain is a visiting professor at Georgetown University where he will be teaching a summer course on Judaism, Islam, and Western Civilization.


Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.


Hussein Aboubakr is an Egyptian-American writer.



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