More peace treaties may be on their way unless Biden returns to former President Barack Obama’s path of lecturing the House of Saud, which is not very Biden. KSA can be pushed to share the Middle East on the other side of the Persian Gulf and don’t act like a spoiled brat. Once Palestinians have been restituted of the support of Arab shared aims, the Palestinians might be forced to return to the negotiating table like a sophisticated child. This was the very plan of Trump.
Trump had made four promises in the election campaigns regarding the Middle East in 2016. These promises were to shift the Israel embassy to Jerusalem, scrap the deal with Iran, dismantle ISIS, and to make peace in the Middle East. He has a lot of successes and some unsuccessful efforts in the Middle East.
In the past, Pakistan has firmly stood tall in the face of external compulsion, and some believe that the country’s continued existence is a miracle in itself. As journalists mount pressure on the country to concede from within, will Pakistan stand this test? Whether or not there is any advantage to putting ideologies on a pedestal at the cost of national interest is another question altogether. Surely, Pakistan has suffered greatly from Covid-19, as has the rest of the world. Setting an anti-Zionist agenda as a reason for isolation suddenly seems childish in the face of increasing poverty and internal political dissent.
As the balance oscillates between the world powers, a storm brews, realigning the regional and global dynamics of nations everywhere. The acceptance of Israel by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries is one such outcome. With Saudi Arabia likely to follow suit, the normalization of relations between the Arab states and Israel brings a serious blow to Pakistan in light of the religious rhetoric under which Pakistan defined its policy towards Israel.
Recently, the president of Azad Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, proposed a BDS movement to counter the Indian State oppression, which has been in effect before at similar Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions was a movement first established in 2005. It was initially based on the principle that the Israeli oppression of Palestinians is unacceptable and that the 57 members of OIC should abide by this movement. The idea behind is the international recognition of the oppression being caused by a state on any other nation or a group of people. In this case, the movement demands the Muslim majority states to boycott the oppressive Indian state and grant the Kashmiris equal rights as for the rest of humanity. The reoccurrence of the BDS movement in Kashmir is due to its similarity with the Palestinian state.
Israel and Lebanon agreed to carry out talks on the maritime time boundary dispute in the Mediterranean Sea. The negotiations will be first on non-security issues, but officials do not expect them to lead to peace talks on the UAE and Bahrain’s path. Both of these states are technically at war and, therefore, share no formal diplomatic relations. The region was raised in importance with the finding of natural gas. The talks will be mediated by the US and held under the United Nations’ auspices. It has been made clear by either side; talks don’t mean normalization of relations.
When signed, Bahrain will become the fourth Arab state to recognize Israel. It took 26 years from Israel’s 2nd peace agreement with an Arab state to the 3rd peace agreement, and now it took only 29 days from the 3rd peace agreement to the 4th. Other Arab nations believed to be on the apex of fully recognizing Israel include Oman and Sudan. The region’s magnate, Saudi Arabia may also be on the verge of a deal.
US President Donald Trump announced a “historic peace agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2020.