It's No Accident Israel's First Peace Agreement in Decades Is with the Emirates

The UAE is one of the youngest of the Arab states, and its distance from 1948, 1967 and the other Arab-Israeli wars of the past gives its leaders a freer mind to lead the way.

The first hoisting of the flag of the United Arab Emirates at the Union House in Dubai on December 2, 1971. Wikipedia.
The first hoisting of the flag of the United Arab Emirates at the Union House in Dubai on December 2, 1971. Wikipedia.
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Aug. 19 2020
About the author

Ed Husain is an advisor to governments, author of The House of Islam: A Global History (Bloomsbury, 2018), and a doctoral researcher at the University of Buckingham.


Why am I, a British Muslim, writing these words for an influential American Jewish magazine? I am convinced that our destinies are interwoven with ideas that, as of last week, gave birth to the new peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The UAE-Israel peace treaty is not simply about geopolitics, security and economics, Iran, or COVID-19. This moment represents something much larger and deeper: it is a blueprint for what is yet to come with the other moderate Sunni Arab nations, and beyond. We are in the midst of an existential shift in the global Muslim mind.

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