Concerns about Iran are expected to be high on the agenda after the Biden administration's early diplomatic overtures to Tehran bore no immediate fruit.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken promises to encourage more Arab countries to recognise Israel as he meets with diplomats from Israel and from three Arab countries, a year after they began formal ties with Tel Aviv.
The Biden administration has not only continued Trump's policy in the Middle East, but is trying to expand it.
Data shows trading volumes between the UAE and Israel jumped from $51 million in the first seven months of 2020 to $614 million over the same period in 2021.
Yair Lapid's visit will be the first by an Israeli minister since the signing of the so-called “Abraham Accords”, the Trump-brokered agreements between Israel and four Arab states: Morocco, UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.
Israeli FM Yair Lapid, who has a power-sharing deal with Naftali Bennett, Israel’s new prime minister, inaugurated Israel’s embassy in the capital Abu Dhabi.
Both Iran and its allies, as well as the Israeli right, stand to benefit at the expense of Palestinian suffering
A conflict presupposes that both sides have paths towards beneficial outcomes, but what we are witnessing is the ultra-imbalanced power relations associated with conquest.
Signatories to the Abraham Accords defended a normalisation of ties with Israel by saying it would allow them to exert leverage over Israel. That has not been the case.
Israel has a powerful network of support from states like the US to Christian Evangelical groups across the globe.
Under the Biden administration, various normalisation efforts have started across the region, ranging from Turkey-Egypt rapprochement, to Iran-Saudi talks.
The failure to leverage newly-forged relations with Israel into meaningful and forceful diplomatic pressure undermines the political credibility of Arab states in the wake of last year’s normalisation deals.
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