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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,…

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…

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…

Trump: Five or Six More Countries Ready for Peace with Israel

At least five or six countries are ready to make peace with Israel, President Donald Trump said at a press briefing alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the signing of the historic normalization between the Jewish state, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. 0…

‘Writing is on the wall’ for Saudi-Israel peace

BEIRUT — When the Crown Prince of Bahrain and the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday, they will not only be inking normalization accords, they will be setting the stage for…

Which Arab state next for Israel ties?

Bahrain has become the second Arab country in a month, after the UAE, to normalize ties with Israel under US mediation after decades of animosity. The rapprochement has been welcomed by some Arab countries, but others have rejected the US initiative and many view it…

Israeli, US delegation touches down in Abu Dhabi

A US-Israeli delegation including White House advisor Jared Kushner landed on Monday in Abu Dhabi on the historic first direct commercial flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates to mark the normalization of ties between the Jewish state and the UAE. The word “peace”…

UAE Formally Ends Israel Boycott Amid US-brokered Deal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country’s boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries. The announcement now allows trade and commerce between the UAE, home to oil-rich…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…

Gulf women entrepreneurs overcoming challenge

The closure of Coffee Architecture at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic was “a very hard time” for Nooran Al Bannay, the founder of the company and a rare Emirati barista. The Abu Dhabi-based coffee shop, open since 2018, could survive the crisis by cutting…

Palestinians should hope Riyadh normalizes ties with Israel

The late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat fought Israel with valor and signed a peace agreement with it with honor. Dignity and bravery can as well be attributed to the actions of the late Jordanian King Hussein. Now, the United Arab Emirates joins them. Perhaps soon…

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