Perspectives: The Impact of the Israel-UAE Agreement

Headline Roundup August 14th, 2020

In their announcement of the “Abraham Accords”, leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States praised the deal, with President Donald Trump calling it a “historic peace agreement.” The agreement included normalizing Israel-UAE relations and temporarily ending Israel’s attempts to annex the West Bank.

Outlets on all sides published opinions on the agreement. Voices covered by right-rated outlets tended to portray the agreement as a victory for Trump and a step toward peace in the Middle East. Voices covered by left- and center-rated outlets were mixed, diverging on the deal’s impact on Trump, Palestinians and future regional stability.

Perspectives: The Impact of the Israel-UAE Agreement

From the Left
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OPINION

The useless agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is nothing but a ploy to artificially inflate the Trump administration’s foreign policy achievements ahead of the election. In real terms, it was nothing but leaders trading with used goods.

On Thursday, President Trump announced that U.S. diplomats had brokered a major breakthrough. The agreement basically declares that the corrupt government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will postpone its plans for the unilateral annexation of occupied Palestinian land in return for normalization with a small but rich Arab Gulf...

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

No matter how one reads the diplomatic deal announced Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates­—and there will surely be many supporters and detractors given its historic nature—there is one conclusion that seems irrefutable: Israel was the biggest victor.

Israel, and specifically its embattled prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has scored a huge victory. In suspending threats to annex parts of the West Bank in return for full normalization of relations with the UAE, he has given himself room to back away from a promise that may have been popular...

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From the Right
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OPINION

President Trump’s Mideast strategy has been to strongly back Israel, support the Gulf monarchies, and press back hard against Iranian imperialism. His liberal critics insisted this would lead to catastrophe that never came, and on Thursday it delivered a diplomatic achievement: The United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed to normalize relations, making the UAE the first Arab League country to recognize the Jewish state in 20 years.

The agreement is worth celebrating on its own terms but it also holds lessons for U.S. foreign policy. On regional strategy, this shows...

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