Sardoning past predictions that Israel will become increasingly isolated and face a “tsunami” of diplomatic opposition if the conflict with Palestine is not resolved, Prime Minister Netanyahu praised what he calls TTP – Terrorism, Technology (Technology), and Peace (Peace).
Nentayahu said states, including members of the Arab bloc, see Israel as an ally in the fight against terrorism, a source of support for technological innovation, and not a barrier to reaching a peace.
More broadly, the agreement between Israel and the UAE reflects new alliances that are forming in the Middle East between countries feeling threatened by Iran. The Palestinian issue is now secondary to the calculus of nations, leaving the Palestinians feeling isolated, with the cessation of territorial annexation being only a pawn in the regional geopolitical chessboard.
The deal announced on August 13 is the next blow to Palestine, who have rejected Washington-sponsored peace plans, and then limit their own relations with the Trump administration.
The ruling regime in Palestine has long been weakened and divided, between the government led by President Mamouh Abbas on the one hand and the Islamic extremist militant movement Hamas that now controls the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian war is now not only about dealing with Israel, but also about maintaining an already weak voice in the region.
Israel and the UAE have been secretly cooperating for many years on security and trade. Israeli ministers repeatedly visit the UAE publicly, the Jewish government has long maintained an office at the International Renewable Energy Agency in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi. In addition, a synagogue, run by cleric Levi Duchman, is maintained in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, relations between Palestine and the UAE have been cold for nearly a decade. Abu Dhabi has provided exile for many Palestinian individuals who criticize President Abbas. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Finance Ministry says it has not received aid money from the UAE government since 2014.
The UAE’s acceptance of formal relations with Israel appears to be fueled by the country’s fatigue, as well as the rest of the Arab world, over Palestine. The Arab community’s weak response to previous steps by the Trump administration, such as recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, suggests that the Palestinian issue is no longer a regional top priority.
Palestinian analysts say the timing of the deal’s announcement is carefully calculated as the US presidential election is approaching.
Oman and Bahrain, the two Gulf countries, along with Egypt’s North African nation , have voiced their support for the agreement between Israel and the UAE. Meanwhile, many predict soon more Gulf countries will strengthen ties with Israel.
Meanwhile, the Palestinians have protested and called the agreement between Israel and the UAE a shameful betrayal.
Meanwhile, chairman of consulting group Arab World for Research and Development Nader Said worries that Israel will take advantage of the opportunity that the international community is too focused on the agreement with the UAE to build more roads and residential settlements. West Bank. This concern is completely grounded, as Prime Minister Netanyahu will have to find a way to appease the hawks in Israel who are angry by the failed merger.
If there is a positive for the Palestinians, it is that territorial annexation, which is seen as putting a permanent end to the future of a Palestinian state, is now over. This opens up a possibility for a parallel Palestinian – Israeli solution to exist, the decades-long formula recognized by the international community.