Israel’s Outreach to Arab World: Opportunities, Pitfalls for Regional Security

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The overt diplomatic engagements sixteen months ago brought into the public domain interactions that had been in place over the previous several years

New Delhi: In August last year, then President Donald Trump dramatically announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had agreed to “normalise” their relations by setting up embassies in each other’s countries and pursue political and economic ties. In keeping with his penchant for theatre, the president described this development as an “Abraham Accord”, i.e. an accord that was bringing together the Jew, the Christian and the Muslim, all of whom revere the Old Testament prophet.

After Bahrain joined this “normalisation” initiative, Trump presided over a signing ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House that brought together Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the foreign ministers of the UAE…

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