Abraham Accords paves the path to global peace


Abraham Accords certainly paves the path to peace in the Middle East and the world. How? Here is my answer. Three years ago, there was no diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates. But now, Israel has relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco and there are indications of few more Arab and non-Arab Muslim nations normalizing relations with the Jewish State. Such relations will contribute in effectively countering radical Islam, jihad and terror-patron Iran’s notorious agenda of spreading religious hatred and terrorism throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iranian proxies, Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis are becoming increasingly aggressive in in pushing forward the terrorist agenda of the Iranian mullah mafia regime. Unless Iran is stopped forthwith, Middle Eastern nations will witness series of terrorist massacres, which will cost the lives of unknown number of innocent people.

Commenting on the Abraham Accords, Jonathan Harounoff, a British analyst and journalist based in New York wrote in the Jewish News Syndicate: Last year’s normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco featured all the pomp and circumstance you might expect—handshakes, verbal affirmations of mutual support and photo ops reminiscent of past “groundbreaking signings” between Israel and its neighbors. Naysayers will dismiss the Abraham Accords as nothing more than flowery declarations of peace and cooperation.

But make no mistake: Momentum isn’t fading; it’s soaring. Even under a Biden administration that has at times shown reluctance to perpetuate a Trumpian agenda, unprecedented agreements continue to be forged in this new era of economic prosperity, security cooperation and cultural exchange that we cannot ignore.

Last year consisted of many firsts, including, to name a few, the first Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi, the first embassy of the UAE in Tel Aviv, Israel’s first ambassador to Bahrain and Bahrain’s first ambassador to Israel.

The Abraham Accords were not a relic of the Trump presidency; they have paved the way for a Middle East not seen for generations. And now we’re seeing recent signatories of the accords become brokers themselves.

Earlier this month, Israel and Jordan signed a UAE-brokered water and energy deal, the most expansive of its kind since the two countries made peace in 1994. Even U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, who said in 2016 that there could be “no advance and separate peace with the Arab world” before first addressing Palestinian peace, played a role in getting the Amman-Jerusalem deal over the finish line.

And in Rabat last week, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz formalized security ties and intelligence-sharing with his Moroccan counterpart, Abdellatif Loudiyi, while signing a memorandum of understanding that is expected to initiate significant arms sales worth hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years.

Bilateral trade between Israel and the UAE alone has exceeded $700 million since the signing of the Abraham Accords, according to Israeli Consul-General in Dubai Ilan Sztulman Starosta. Tourism between Israel and the UAE is at record highs. And Israel’s Reichman University (formerly IDC Herzliya) even enrolled the country’s first-ever male Emirati student this summer, followed by another female Emirati studying midwifery in Hebrew at Haifa University.

150,000 new jobs are expected to be created for Israel’s new regional partners, according to the American NGO RAND Corporation, with an additional four million new jobs and a further “$1 trillion in new economic activity over a decade, if the accords grow to include 11 nations (including Israel) as some have speculated may be possible.”

If anything, the accords have given Israel permission to call its Arab neighbors cousins again. What has for decades been discreet is now out in the open.

Why other Muslim nations needs to normalize relations with Israel?

In my opinion, for any Muslim country, maintaining distance or enmity with Israel just for the sake of madness of expressing so-called solidarity to the Palestinians is a great blunder. We need to remember, in the recent years, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and mega-terror Hamas have been gradually advancing their terrorist agenda with the notorious goal of expanding radical Islam and jihad throughout the Middle East and the Muslim nations. In the eyes of Hamas, for example, enemies of the terror-patron Iranian mullah mafia regime are enemies. At the same time, Hamas has intensified its relations and interactions with Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence as well as Pakistani and Afghan Taliban jihadists.

With such realities, maintaining relations with Palestinians would be ultimately extremely dangerous for countries, which are under direct threats posed by radical Islam and terrorism. Because, to Hamas or those Palestinians with jihadist mindset, serving the purposes of Iran, Pakistani ISI and the Taliban are priority than even valuing the good gesture of nations such as Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh etcetera.

Back in 2003, when I first said, madrassas were becoming breeding grounds of jihadists and terrorists, then Islamist coalition government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami turned furious and punished me ruthlessly for years. But now, my prophesy is proved to be accurate. Similarly, today I am saying, for the sake of peace and security, countries such as Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh should immediately normalize relations with the State of Israel. Otherwise, we shall pay heavily because of our so-called solidarity to the Palestinians. And of course, we need to remember, Israel was one of the first countries to recognize the newly-born Bangladesh. It actively aided Bangladeshis during the 1971 liberation war, and even supplied arms and logistics to the Bangladeshi freedom fighters through India. Meanwhile, Palestinians, particularly Yasser Arafat, termed Bangladeshi freedom fighters as terrorists, and supported Pakistan owing to the warm relation between those two countries. The Palestinians termed the 1971 war as another Israel-Palestine conflict. Palestinians had vehemently and openly opposed to our war of independence. They sided with Pakistan. Lets not forget these facts.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research-scholar, counterterrorism specialist and editor of Blitz. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers on diversified topics, including international relations, politics, diplomacy, security and counterterrorism. Follow him on 'X' @Salah_Shoaib

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