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Marriage of convenience: what does the historic Israel-UAE agreement mean for Middle East peace? – The Conversation AU

The normalisation of ties between Israel and an important Gulf state reveals an acceptance of the arguments for a regional buffer to counter Iran’s growing influence.



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The normalisation of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has variously been described as a breakthrough and an important staging moment towards a comprehensive Middle East peace.
These conclusions are, at best, premature.
Normalisation of relations between Israel and an important Gulf state is a highly significant development whose fallout is unpredictable. What seems clear is that the UAE initiative will further deepen a regional divide.
In the Middle East, historic s…

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