Israel rubber-stamps UAE peace agreement

Israel’s Knesset on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the U.S.-brokered peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Israeli lawmakers voted 80 to 13 to approve the historical deal, paving the way for peace and an economic relationship between the two nations. The UAE is the third Arab country to recognize the State of Israel, following the leads of Egypt and Jordan, who recognized it in 1979 and 1994 respectively.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet, according to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and the Jerusalem Post, has unanimously okayed the agreement.

This agreement between Israel and the UAE, alongside a separate agreement between Israel and Bahrain, are together dubbed the Abraham Accords. Both were brokered by the U.S. and when it was announced that all three Middle Eastern countries had agreed to the Accords, they celebrated it at the White House back in September.

The Abraham Accords were a much-needed foreign policy victory for President Donald Trump in his re-election bid, who, according to the polls, has been struggling to beat his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

It has been heavily predicted by experts that this Israel-UAE agreement will help bolster the economies of these two influential countries, hopefully impacting the wider regional economy in a positive manner. Additionally, the agreement opens the door for increased security cooperation between the two countries, which could potentially impact the balance of power in the region on a dramatic scale.

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