Yesterday we had the spectacle of the signing of the “Abraham Accords” – which is the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on the one hand, and also separately the full normalization of relations between Israel and Bahrain.
Trump loyalists would have you believe this is like the Camp David Accords, during which Jimmy Carter spent 12 days at Camp David with Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, giving everything he had to help produce the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt signed in 1978.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
As far as I can tell, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain already had very robust relations with Israel, bonded by their joint opposition to Iran. The full normalization changes very little.
Certainly this is largely good news, and makes sense. (It’s time for Arab nations to give up the fiction that Israel shouldn’t be recognized, since Israel is clearly here to stay.) The Palestinians, of course, feel betrayed, but they’ve been mismanaging their own political situation for a long time. They can’t even agree on who should administer the territories that they do have, with Fatah administering the West Bank and Hamas administering the Gaza Strip.
The point is, as far as I can tell the Trump administration did absolutely nothing to make this happen.
Why is it happening now?
I’m still waiting for some Middle East expert to provide me with an answer.
Maybe the UAE and Bahrain wanted to provide the Trump administration with a win, as they might believe that Trump will be a more implacable foe to their joint enemy in Iran.
Jared Kushner is strutting around like he made it happen, but as far as I can tell, he didn’t do anything either.
Anyway, Trump is sure to try to reignite the argument that he too should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.