David Friedman on How the Abraham Accords Came Together Behind the Scenes

The historian Martin Kramer interviews the former American ambassador to Israel in order to discover how the historic Middle East deals came together.

Then-U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman on May 14, 2018 in Jerusalem. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.

Then-U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman on May 14, 2018 in Jerusalem. Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images.

Observation
March 30 2021
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Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

David M. Friedman was the United States ambassador to Israel from 2017 to 2021.

Kramer: I’d like us to do two things. The first is to get your take on how the Abraham Accords came to be. We both know that no two people will tell the same story in the same way. You’ll probably write a memoir, which will tell the full version. But I think our present audience would have one or two questions about what happened. Then we’ll do some speculation about the future.

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