Earlier this month, a U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates enabled the two nations to establish diplomatic ties. Israel says it will scrap plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank as part of the deal. President Trump has billed the accord as a major breakthrough in Middle East relations, but some Palestinian officials say it instead makes peace between them and Israel more challenging.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan this week, touting the agreement and urging other Middle East nations to reach similar accords.
Penn Today spoke with Middle East expert Ian Lustick to get his take on the significance of the UAE deal and what it could mean for the region. Lustick’s latest book, “Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality,” makes the case for a new way of looking at Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Ian Lustick is the Bess W. Heyman Chair in the Political Science Department of the University of Pennsylvania.