President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House,
President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House,
Photo: AP
The signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House

Israel marks 2-year anniversary since Abraham Accords ink

Agreement allows surge in security with UAE, Bahrain, paves way for normalization with Sudan and Morocco; recent poll by Washington Institute, however, shows public's reaction to Abraham Accords is negative in Bahrain and UAE

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Published: 08.14.22, 22:13
Israel on Sunday, marked two years since the signing of the historic Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
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  • The mutual opening of embassies, and the establishment of direct flights from Tel Aviv to the Gulf, were just the beginning, as massive business deals have already been signed, with perhaps many more in the making.
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    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    The signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
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    The Abraham Accords have also become a term to describe the other normalization agreements Israel signed after the initial declaration, with Sudan and Morocco.
    Morocco may actually be Israel's most significant partner, especially in security and counterterrorism. The two countries even signed a security memorandum of understanding.
    Since ties were established, Israel has held several military drills with the armies of Arab states. Last year, Israel, the U.S., the UAE and Bahrain held a naval drill in the Red Sea. Maritime security is a mutual interest that brings the sides closer together.
    Experts also believe the surge in security cooperation in a wide range of fields, especially between Israel and the UAE, and Bahrain will likely deepen.
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    President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House,
    President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House,
    President Donald Trump speaks during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House,
    (Photo: AP)
    Despite the rapid progress, Israel still has some of the same problems that exist in its ties with neighboring Egypt and Jordan: a hostile public opinion.
    A recent poll by the Washington Institute shows that Bahrain and the UAE public's reaction to the Abraham Accords is far more negative than positive.
    Thus the Abraham Accords represent a massive breakthrough in Israel's ties with the Arab world, but there still is much that can be improved.

    Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS.
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