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.

August 19, 2020 | Ed Husain
About the author: Ed Husain is a visiting professor at Georgetown University where he will be teaching a summer course on Judaism, Islam, and Western Civilization.
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

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