Former enemies, new friends, Arab Israeli ties

2021-11-03 14:41:08
Former enemies, new friends, Arab Israeli ties

Initiated under the Trump administration, the so-called “Abraham Accords” hit a significant milestone in the history of relations between Israel and the Arab world.

Now some Arab states such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain as well as Sudan, and Morocco have normalized or at least publicized their relations with the Israeli regime, stabbing their Palestinian brethren in the back.

Where Saudi Arabia is concerned, which is still to normalize ties with Tel Aviv, its special relations with Israel is undeniable.

But how and how much have these Arab autocrats benefited from their friendship with the Israeli occupiers in return for their betrayal of the Palestinian cause?

Perhaps the immediate result the Arab signatories of the normalization agreement were seeking was a more influential lobby to direct, or at least manage, Washington’s regional policies.

As many of these regimes do not really represent the people they are ruling, they consider the United States as the main guarantor of their existence that can shield them from any grassroots revolution.

These Arab states hope to tap Israel’s influential network of lobbying in the US.

The United Arab Emirates, for example, has already embarked on establishing relationship with some influential organization connected to Tel Aviv such as the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

As early as 2018, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations put the Emirati leadership on a pedestal.

Distorting the reality, Stephen Greenberg said, “In the UAE, I found a country that is tolerant, pluralistic, promoting women in government and the private sector, while committing to fight terrorism and extremism in every form.”

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