What Happens Next with the Israeli-Emirati Accords?

It forestalls annexation and deals a blow to the longstanding Palestinian veto on Israel’s relationship with other countries. It promises even more, but that depends on hard work.

A man in Tehran looking at a Farsi newspaper with a headline declaring “The UAE has become a legitimate and easy target.” AFP via Getty Images.

A man in Tehran looking at a Farsi newspaper with a headline declaring “The UAE has become a legitimate and easy target.” AFP via Getty Images.

Symposium
Aug. 21 2020
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Amos Yadlin, who formerly served as chief of Israel Defense Intelligence, is the director of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv.


This year’s “October surprise” may have arrived several months early, in the form of last week’s historic demonstration that the Middle East contains not only threats but also opportunities. Peace has returned to the agenda through a U.S.-brokered Israeli-Emirati agreement that kills two birds with one stone. Besides dealing a major blow to the longstanding Palestinian veto on Israel’s relationship with other countries in the region, the agreement has delayed annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would have imposed considerable costs on Israel and imperiled its future as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state.

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