Joining hosts Dennis McCuistion and Jim Falk are Middle East experts,
Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute and
Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman, President of The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.
The discussion focuses on the Abraham Accords and their purpose. We ask- were they effective? And what will they mean to future peacekeeping in that part of the world?
But what are the Abraham Accords and why are they so controversial? Supposedly they were intended to stabilize relations in that area, has that happened?
The Israel–United Arab Emirates normalization agreement, officially the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalization between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel, was initially agreed to in a joint statement by the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020, officially referred to as the Abraham Accords.
The UAE thus became the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to agree to formally normalize its relationship with Israel, as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so. Concurrently, Israel agreed to suspend plans for annexing parts of the West Bank.
The agreement normalized what had long been informal but robust foreign relations between the two countries. Signed at the White House on September 15, 2020, iIt was approved unanimously by the Israeli cabinet on October 12 and was ratified by the Knesset on October 15. The UAE parliament and cabinet ratified the agreement on October 19.
A lot of hope was put into their future efficacy to keep/ restore peace. So- where are we now?
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