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  • Why the Abraham Accords Happened

    Commentary The Abraham Accords—Israel’s genuine, warm peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain just signed on the White House lawn—weren’t supposed to happen. When Obama administration Secretary of State John Kerry articulated why they were impossible, he spoke for almost every credentialed expert,…
  • Palestinians could win big from Arab-Israel pacts

    The Israeli agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain represent a dramatic development, marking a watershed in a decades-long Israeli effort to gain acceptance in the Middle East. All sides emphasized the historic significance by referring to the framework agreement as the “Abraham…
  • A Challenge and a Prayer

    Commentary It’s easy to become frustrated, especially in politics, as Election Day grows near. It’s harder, but it could be more helpful, to focus on curiosity rather than frustration, as bestselling author Brendon Burchard challenged this week via social media—curiosity about why something would happen…
  • Iran-Backed Islamists Call for Jihad Against Middle East Peace Deals

    Murderous Islamist extremists were not enthusiastic about the Abraham Accords peace deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, issued an implicitly violent rejection of the accord, while Iran-backed terrorist organizations were even less subtle.…
  • Donald Trump’s lonely victory in the Middle East

    Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan, an old adage says. An exception is the peace agreement among Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, likely to be followed by several other Arab states. Added to this is Kosovo’s decision to move its…
  • Israel-Arab pacts risk a regional backlash

    The leak of a purported Iranian plot to assassinate a US envoy, timed to coincide with the normalization of relations between Israel and Iran’s Arab rivals, has the odor of a planted story. A Politico report citing an anonymous US official claiming that Iran was…
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