The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a long history that has seen sporadic violence between the two sides since at least 1948 (with some localized acts of violence). Like what conflict scholars would call a “long-term conflict,” the “problems” or causes of the conflict are multiple, deeply sedentary and extremely complex. This peace agreement ignores them all. In fact, it almost completely ignores the Palestinians and erases them from the narrative of instability in the Middle East. The agreements speak of “coexistence.” Why is Israel talking about “coexistence” with a country thousands of miles away? At the same time, within its borders, 100,000 Arab citizens live in villages older than the State of Israel itself, but which are not recognized and do not have access to basic services such as water and electricity? On 13 August 2020, uae Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash proclaimed the United Arab Emirates agreement on normalizing relations with Israel and said his country would address threats to the two-state solution, in particular the annexation of the Palestinian territories, and called on the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table. He suggested that he did not think there would be an embassy in Jerusalem until there was a final agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.  According to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Israel and the United Arab Emirates will completely normalize diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin working together in all areas such as tourism, education, health, trade and security.  Bahrain`s Foreign Minister will attend the event and sign his own agreement to normalize relations with Israel, which President Donald Trump announced last week.
But even peace with a country with which Israel has no borders and has never waged war demanded that Netanyahu abandon his plans to annex much of the West Bank. So there was a “land for peace” aspect of the agreement. Longtime New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has written for decades on international geopolitics and has been a regular critic of Trump`s policies, hailed the deal as “exactly what Trump said in his tweet: a “huge breakthrough.”  Belgian Foreign Minister Philippe Goffin said he welcomed the agreement as a step towards a peaceful Middle East and added that the suspension of annexation plans should be continued with the two-state solution.  Josep Borrell, the Union`s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, welcomed the agreement as beneficial to both nations and as important for stability in the Middle East.