One year after UAE normalizes ties with Israel

Wednesday marks one year after two Arab countries signed historic deals to normalize relations with Israel.

Representatives from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the deals brokered by then-US President Donald Trump at the White House on September 15, 2020.

Economic ties have since strengthened among the countries. The value of trade between Israel and the UAE from January to July grew more than tenfold from the same period a year ago.

Sudan and Morocco also agreed to normalize ties with Israel, mediated by the pro-Israeli Trump administration.

In May, however, Arab nations condemned Israel for its air raids on the Gaza Strip, which killed many civilians.
Saudi Arabia remains firm in its stance that a solution to the Palestinian issue is the prerequisite for normalizing relations.

Israel and Arab nations hope to isolate Iran by improving their relations. But it remains unclear whether more Arab countries will approach Israel, given that the country continues to occupy Palestinian territory in violation of international law.