As the UAE moves closer to both Israel & Iran, could it even broker a deal between the two enemies?

December 14, 2021

 

AS THE UAE STRENGTHENS TIES WITH BOTH ISRAEL & IRAN, COULD IT EVEN BROKER SOME KIND OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN TEHRAN AND JERUSALEM?

You may be interested in this short clip from an interview I did this afternoon on Turkish TV:



 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, met for four hours in Abu Dhabi (twice the scheduled time) including one and half without advisors present, on the first official visit by an Israeli leader to the Gulf state.

The speed and warmth at which relations have developed between Israel and the UAE since former PM Netanyahu signed a peace deal with the UAE and three other Arabs countries a year ago, was unimaginable to most people until a few months ago.

But the UAE is also now forging closer security and economic ties with Iran. Last week Emirati national security adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed visited Tehran to meet with the new hardline Iranian president following a five-year rift between the two countries.

And last month, the UAE, Iran and Turkey signed a trade deal to enable goods from Abu Dhabi to travel overland to Turkey via Iran. This will shorten shipment times to 7 days compared to the 21 days needed to go by sea via the Suez Canal.

Tom Gross asks whether the UAE could now broker an understanding between Tehran and Jerusalem?

https://youtu.be/W9zDp27Tndk

 

 

Above: A joint live evening news broadcast between TV stations in the UAE, Israel and Bahrain -- unthinkable before the Abraham Accords.

 

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