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As Israel and Hamas battle in Gaza, the Abrahamic process plants seeds of peace


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Five weeks after Hamas’ brutal incursion into Israel, the resulting violence could easily metastasize into a region-wide conflict.

But beyond the immediate war, what did Hamas hope to achieve on Oct. 7? 

One goal, we are told, was to prevent the expansion of the Abraham Accords and the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Without a doubt, the Accords — which established diplomatic recognition between Israel and Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates — did little to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.

But as we’ve witnessed firsthand, the Accords have transformed regional economics while promoting robust people-to-people exchanges, including our own Abrahamic Programs at the University of Connecticut.

 

Established in 2016 — four years before the Abraham Accords — our model for academic cooperation demonstrates the potential for regional economic and political integration.

According to the Abraham Accords Peace Institute (AAPI), trade, tourism, and bilateral investment have increased significantly between Israel and the Abraham Accords countries since their signing in September 2020.

 

Indeed, total trade between Israel and Accords nations reached $3.47 billion in 2022, up from $1.905 billion in 2021 and $593 million in 2019, according to the AAPI’s 2022 annual report

Despite the intensification of the Israel-Hamas war, reports in both Western and Arab media suggest that Saudi Arabia remains interested in normalization with Israel.

Last week, for instance, the Saudis joined Abraham Accords countries (the UAE, Bahrain, and Morocco) in blocking anti-Israel measures at the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) emergency summit in Riyadh on November 11th.:snip:

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More than a million Palestinians in Gaza are now displaced; why are Arab countries not opening their doors?

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"Arab states have historically been divided with regard to their stance on the Palestinian people and numerous other significant issues," Ahed Al-Hindi, a senior fellow at the Center for Peace Communications, told Fox News Digital. "Although these states project solidarity with the Palestinian people, they hold divergent views on the most effective course of action."

"Certain countries, including those in the Arab Gulf, Jordan, Morocco and Egypt advocate for a two-state solution, which they believe can be accomplished through diplomacy. Conversely, the Iranian axis espouses the ideology of obliterating Israel and establishing a Palestinian state extending from the river to the sea."

Al-Hindi said the primary reason why even the moderate states, most of which have diplomatic ties with Israel, have not taken practical steps to help the civilian population in Gaza is due to their aversion to Hamas and its goals."

 

"As a result, many Arab countries are concerned that aiding the Gazans could inadvertently benefit Hamas, given that the organization has ruled in Gaza for nearly a generation," he said. "Hamas is a network affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Muslim Brotherhood opposes every Arab monarch. This poses significant internal risks to the aforementioned states.":snip:

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30 minutes ago, Valin said:

Short answer Tribalism. Oh yes Egyptians are Arabs  & Muslims, but They are also Egyptians.

Ah, so no melting pot :P

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

Ah, so no melting pot :P

Not Even Close. In fact you could say We invented The Melting  Pot. It wasn't easy "No Irish Need Apply"  The Know Nothing  Party, I could go on.

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