A story of benefit

The agreement to normalise relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), backed by the US, has caused varied reactions, even though this historic agreement was named after Abraham - the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs.

There are different opinions in the Arab community. While Palestine opposed it strongly; Egypt, Jordan, Oman welcomed the agreement and called on Israel and Palestine to negotiate.

Iran called it a “huge mistake”. Outside the region, Germany, the UK and France warmly supported the deal while other countries remain concerned.

According to observers, Israel is a “natural ally” of the UAE in the competition for influence in the region, especially with Iran. The Abraham Agreement helped the UAE strengthen its position as “the main player”, perhapseven the leader in the region.

In addition, not only helping direct the attention of Israel’s public opinion away from domestic turmoil, the agreement also enriches the “political assets” of Prime Minister B. Netanyahu as he laid the foundation for the country’s new external relations.

As for the US, the two allies’ “getting closer” helpsrealise their “Middle East peace vision” as well as creating important advantages for President D. Trump ahead of the presidential election.

To the insiders, the benefits are obvious. Yet, as the Secretary-General of the United Nations emphasised, what’s more important is how the Abraham Agreement will contribute to peace in the Middle East as the region confronts the grave threats of COVID-19 and radicalisation.