Israeli-UAE Normalization – A Loss for Public International Law in the Middle East

Israeli-UAE Normalization – A Loss for Public International Law in the Middle East

BY DAVID MEDNICOFF

The recent agreement moving towards full diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and Israel and Bahrain, serves those governments well. The UAE and Bahrain have become only the third and fourth Arab countries to open diplomatic ties with Israel, strengthening shared efforts to weaken both Iran and the Islamist groups which they see as a regional threat. For Israel, normalization with the UAE will markedly expand its exposure to the contemporary Arab world.