The New Agreement Breaks the Anti-Semitism at the Core of the Middle East’s Dysfunction

Arabs are finally concluding that they need to move past the toxic legacies of Arab nationalism and Islamism—which means moving past the mythology of Palestine too.

Palestinian protesters in Hebron on November 13, 2018. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images.

Palestinian protesters in Hebron on November 13, 2018. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images.

Symposium
Aug. 21 2020
About the author

Hussein Aboubakr is an Egyptian American educator and a former political refugee. He works for the Center for Combating Antisemitism and is a graduate student in international affairs at George Washington University.


Last week’s peace and normalization agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel has rightly been described as one of the most significant events in modern Middle Eastern history. The UAE is not the minor Arab confederacy of bedouin sheikhdoms it once was, but a leader of an entire Sunni Arab bloc, which means that its formal acceptance of Israel paves the road to wider Arab action.

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