Israel’s History of Arab Realpolitik

For a long time, Israel has been quietly making common cause with the victims of aggression in the Middle East. That’s now coming to light.

August 19, 2020 | Dore Gold
About the author: 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.
This is a response to The Meaning of Israel's Peace Accord with the United Arab Emirates: A Symposium, originally published in Mosaic in August 2020

Tel Aviv’s city hall lit up in the colors of the flag of the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2020. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images.

While last week’s news of normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates represents a tremendous breakthrough, it is no secret that the two countries have been in contact for many years. Those contacts predate the much-commented-upon cooperation between Israel and the Gulf states (the UAE included) in the past decade and are, in fact, not highly unusual in the Middle East. By seeing the new developments in light of their historical precedents, we can better appreciate their significance.

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