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Opinion: A huge step toward end of Arab-Israeli conflict

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Michael Oren writes that the normalization between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, as between Israel and other Arab states, can be a rare source of stability. The task now is to build on that progress and ensure a more secure future for both the Middle East and America.

Iran and Iraq could fight for eight bloody years, the Lebanese could massacre one another for 15, and wars would rage along the borders of Morocco, Libya and Egypt, but the term "Middle East conflict" almost invariably referred to that between Israel and the 22 Arab states.

Similarly, "Middle East peace," did not mean reconciling such regional rivals as Syria and Turkey or Saudi Arabia and Qatar but mediating between Arabs and Israelis.

All that ceased Tuesday with Israel's signing of agreements normalizing Israel's relations with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

Throughout, the Arab states maintained their support for the Palestinian cause and made relations with Israel contingent on the prior creation of a Palestinian state.

Rather than the cause of that conflict, the normalization between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, as between Israel and other Arab states, can be a rare source of stability.

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