UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hailed “any initiative that could promote peace and security in the Middle East region.”  Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric welcomed the agreement and said he was suspending “Israeli annexation plans for parts of the occupied West Bank” that Mr. Guterres had repeatedly called for and said that “peace in the Middle East is more important than ever.”  The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates promises to establish normal relations between the two countries. These include trade relations, tourism, direct flights, scientific cooperation and, in due course, full diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level. However, it is unlikely that the Emiratis will set up their embassy in Jerusalem. An important element of the Abraham agreement, although not explicitly formulated, is the strengthening of security cooperation against regional threats, particularly from Iran and its deputies. It is important to note that Israel and the United Arab Emirates report that they already have security relations, but the agreement puts them in power. Moreover, the argument of the officials pa that the agreement is contrary to the resolutions of the Arab summits and the Arab peace initiative of 2002 (the resolutions provided that Arab countries should establish normal relations with Israel only “within the framework of a comprehensive peace and a total withdrawal of Israel from all territories occupied since 1967” ) has been the subject of a deaf ear. This whole affair is a far cry from the days when Egyptian President Anwar Sadat took the courage to conclude a peace treaty with Israel, eventually becoming a pariah in the Arab world. I expect the Emiratis to act more unilaterally in the future, but I would also expect less competent states, which do not have the means or capabilities of the Emiratis, to act more unilaterally.
Whether this will lead to more or less stability in the Middle East is unclear. It is clear that the Emirati`s vision of regional stability, which they want to advance, is a vision with strict political control. It contrasts with the vision of a liberalized policy and a vibrant civil society that is creating the resilience that several U.S. governments have advanced in the Middle East for many years. Mr. Kushner said it was a turning point. “After that, we started a discussion with the U.A.E. where we said maybe we could do something,” he said.
The Emiratis are open to the idea, he said, and then he turned to the Israelis, who also expressed their willingness to think about it. The discussions were then led by Mr. Kushner and the Americans. It was not that. And I should say at that time that I contacted Ambassador Otaiba and that, in light of this week`s news, I asked him if he would share this anecdote in public. And he said he would, and that`s why I can tell you today. Well, that is interesting, because the idea of the Prime Minister As Coming to a meeting with two diplomats from the Gulf Arab countries would actually be a small milestone.