The Role of American Policy and Personnel in the Israeli-Emirati Deal

An American National Security Council veteran explains how the U.S. pressured Iran and built trust to broker last week’s accord, and the effects it will have throughout the region.

August 20, 2020 | Richard Goldberg
About the author: Richard Goldberg is a Mosaic columnist and senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.
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

David Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, speaks during a briefing on the Emirates deal at the White House on August 13, 2020. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images.

In the wake of the historic agreement brokered by the U.S. between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Mosaic’s editor Jonathan Silver spoke with the American national-security expert Richard Goldberg, a veteran of the National Security Council, to understand how he interprets the strategic underpinnings of the deal, the role that the Trump administration played in bringing it about, and what it reveals about America in the Middle East.

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