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KT edit: Stable Middle East

Filed on August 25, 2020

Regional cooperation and increased trade and commerce allow countries to develop and prosper. The recent UAE-Israel peace deal hinges on this premise and should nudge more countries in the region to follow suit and normalise ties with Israel. A vision for a more stable Middle East demands that we forge partnerships that will work in the best interests of the people and bring out the best in them.

A wider acceptance of this deal, as is being proposed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his ongoing visit to the region, and further cooperation with Israel would deepen economic ties and allow countries to benefit mutually. Egypt was the first Arab country to normalise ties with Israel, and it was followed by Jordan years later. The UAE is seen as a regional heavyweight, a country that has made a mark on the world map through development and progress on various fronts. It is a role model and the decision to soften its stance could allow more countries to see reason in strengthening their bond with Israel. Oman and Bahrain have been appreciative of the move. There are many countries in the Middle East and North Africa that were home to robust Jewish communities, such as Morocco and Tunisia, that too could join the UAE and better relations with Israel.

Besides, increased acceptance of the peace deal would strengthen checks on Iran, a country that does not want to normalise ties with the Arab states. The regime in Tehran wants to export its revolution and spread its military influence across the Middle East. Its covert operations in various countries can be countered well if regional economies become stronger.


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