Happy as can Bibi: Mideast peace deal is a big win for Israel

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Happy as can Bibi: Mideast peace deal is a big win for Israel

ANALYSIS | The Abraham Accords save Netanyahu’s skin, and even bolster Trump’s election chances

James Rothwell

Israel is likely to emerge as the biggest winner of Tuesday night’s historic peace deal, since it will help build a US-led alliance against Iran, strengthen security ties with wealthy new allies, and potentially save the career of the country’s embattled prime minister.

The accords unlock dozens of trade deals in aviation, tourism and the country’s advanced tech industry, with direct flights due to start running from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi. The Abraham Accords (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/the-abraham-accords-declaration/) should also improve Benjamin Netanyahu’s reputation at home, as he faces mass protests against his leadership, a corruption trial and a severe second wave of coronavirus.

But more importantly, the prestige of securing peace with two more Arab nations, following the accords of the past with Egypt and Jordan, leaves Israel far less isolated in a hostile region...

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