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Middle East agreements brokered by Trump present opportunity for Biden if he wins election

September 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable discussion with veterans, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The moment the pens went to paper to sign the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between two Sunni-led Gulf Arab nations and the Jewish State while the Palestinians seethed off stage, Joe Biden must have pumped his fist in triumph.

Abu Dhabi (CNN)The moment the pens went to paper to sign the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between two Sunni-led Gulf Arab nations and the Jewish State while the Palestinians seethed off stage, Joe Biden must have pumped his fist in triumph.

Meanwhile the Emiratis, whose top officials often show outright contempt for the Palestinian leadership whom they see as corrupt, feckless and geriatric are looking to create a cyber route from Israel's Silicon Wadi to the Gulf.

"The Palestinian cause is a minor issue, a distraction, in the normalization agreements signed between Israel and the Gulf states," says Fawaz Gerges, professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Given the extent of official Arab normalization with Israel, neither (Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rivals will feel obliged to agree to a peace settlement with the Palestinians that recognizes their legitimate rights.

The feeling that comes with being surrounded by enemies bent on the destruction of the Jewish State, of being hated by populations inflamed by anti-Israeli teachings in schools, of being the Middle East bogeyman among Arabs, has defined Israel's survival instincts since its birth.

This is a voice they can exercise in promoting to Israel the advantages of a viable two-state deal with the Palestinians.

"This Accord will enable us to continue to stand by the Palestinian people, and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region," said the UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan.

A future US administration, if it were so inclined, could use Gulf Arab support in persuading Israel, and the Palestinians, to work towards a deal which might actually work.

After all Bahrain, Israel's newest friend in the Gulf, said through foreign minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al Zayani: "Ladies and gentlemen, today's agreement is an important first step, and it is now incumbent on us to work urgently and actively to bring about the lasting peace and security our peoples deserve.

It suggested Israel return 94. 2% of the West Bank to the Palestinians with additional land swaps to account for permanent Jewish settlements that would join Israel.

United Nations resolution 194 established a right of return for all Palestinians who lost their homes in the early days of the creation of modern Israel.

The Gulf nations, reassuring Israel of its security, could use their leverage to get them to junk the already-moribund Kushner plan, stop the march of Jewish settlements into Palestinian territories, and turn the clock back to a more optimistic time.

Optimism that the Biden administration might get deeply involved in the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process perhaps shows hope trumping experience.

As Gerges warns: "Iran and Turkey will most likely weaponize the Palestinian cause against the very Arab regimes that have joined the US-Israel alliance.

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