- UAE and Israel Peace Treaty Signals Big Changes on the Horizon
by James Gorrie, https://epochtimes.today/
New peace agreement will make Iran even more desperate to maintain relevance in a rapidly changing—and more ‘Israel-tolerant’ Mideast
The Israeli peace deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is viewed a very smart deal on the part of the Israelis and the UAE, with the latter acknowledging the reality and legitimacy of a Jewish state in the Middle East. But the treaty also reveals a new approach to an old problem by the United States, which brokered the deal.
A Direct Result of Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’
There are several things that make this peace treaty pivotal for the region. For one, it’s not a cross-border agreement. Unlike Egypt and Jordan, who have signed peace treaties after being defeated on the battlefield by the formidable Israeli Defense Force, the UAE is nowhere near Israel and faces no such threat from the Jewish state.
Out-of-the-box thinking is a central aspect to President Donald Trump’s “art of the deal” and is seen in the so-called, “Deal of the Century” roadmap to peace he crafted for Israel and the Palestinians. That deal, however, remains unsigned. But it has yielded at least one with the UAE that will be signed.
As one of many Islamic states in the Gulf Region, the UAE doesn’t face the possibility of an Israeli military ground force sweeping over its territory in the event of a conflict. And, on the flip side, no Israeli military planner has ever worried about the armies from the UAE invading Israel in a surprise attack.
The fact that the UAE didn’t have to sign any kind of deal with Israel, nor are they a big player in the region, is a key point. But they have done so anyway. That’s one of several reasons why some are viewing it as a stroke of sheer geopolitical genius by the Trump administration.