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In the upper echelon in vaccines, Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Morocco can expect early and eager travel between them

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With all the economic Covid related setbacks, it's clear that peace with Israel from the Gulf point of view is an excellent exit strategy in this pandemic, to build back better. (Photo: state.gov)

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Thus far, under the Biden Administration, no new normalization deals have been signed or have been anticipated by anyone other than officials from the previous administration, those responsible for the four successful diplomatic breakthroughs between Israel and its regional neighbors, known as the Abraham Accords. 

Like most of Israel nowadays, such diplomatic achievements cannot be taken for granted given the historical struggle of Israel being accepted in its neighborhood. 

The United Arab Emirates was the first nation to take sign onto the Abraham Accords in August of last year, which set off unprecedented momentum of peace in the conflict, riddled the Middle East.  

In the Arab Gulf both the UAE and Bahrain have allowed Israel to establish diplomatic missions in the forms of consulates and embassies, for the UAE, Abu Dhabi hosts their embassy, and the world-renowned Dubai is now home to an Israeli consulate. As recently as Tuesday, March 30, the Royal Bahrain Foreign Ministry appointed Khaled Yousif al-Jalahama as their Ambassador to Israel; he is expected to arrive in the Tel Aviv area to scout for an embassy location that will most likely open in the coming weeks.  

In the main English Emirati based paper, the Khaleej Times, a report indicates the potential of UAE-Israel trade to reach $6.5 billion, in the five months of normalization thus far, trade has reached around $280 Million and about 130,000 new tourists have made their way to the Gulf state. The UAE also recently announced that it would be setting up an investment fund of $10 billion aimed at strategic sectors in Israel. 

With all the economic Covid related setbacks, it’s clear that peace with Israel from the Gulf point of view is an excellent exit strategy in this pandemic, to build back better.

On the Sudanese frontier, it took the longest from any of the Abraham Accords nations, to sign onto the accords itself however, Sudan has assured all relevant partners that it has the intention of following in suit with payment to the US for delisting from state sponsor of terror list to the tune of $335M. Khartoum hopes in aiding the resolution for past terrible terror attacks, that this would set the course to improved US-Sudan relations, all directions point to Israeli relations to help with this process. 

In midst of all uncertainty with Sudan, one thing is for certain, a Sudan allied with Israel is a better Sudan for its own people’s sake. 

Morocco being outside of the gulf has a different neighborhood as far as Israel’s lack of relations with its neighboring nations. Morocco being the last country to announce normalization, unlike other countries had previously established relations that allow the December 2020 breakthrough to be considered a re-normalization and expansion of ties. Morocco has proven to be one of the more eager allies of Israel in that Israel Hayom reported on March 27, that another strategic accord has been signed between Jerusalem and Rabat to the tune of millions of dollars. This agreement was signed between the Israel Manufacturers Association, the Israel Farmers Federation and the Israeli Federation of the Chambers of Commerce, and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises. Expect Morocco to launch the first direct flight between its international airports to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv when the Covid restrictions for international travel are eased from both countries. 

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Currently Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Morocco are all in the upper echelon in vaccines so expect early and eager travel between these countries. According to a New York Times graphic, the leading countries in Vaccinations per 100 people in the Middle East and North Africa include nations who are signed onto the Abraham Accords as well as Saudi and Qatar, to likely future candidates for future normalization ambitions. 

Should Israel be able to secure the ability to produce vaccines with the top global companies such as Pfizer, perhaps supplying vaccines for increased diplomacy may be a potential. 

Earlier prior to the last elections, it was apparent that Prime Minister Netanyahu attempted to send vaccines to allied countries, only from the surplus supplies. 

Mauritania was one of the listed countries that do not currently have relations with Israel, perhaps a likely candidate in the next chapter of the Abraham Accords should Israel be able to line up incentives, with a less ambitious Biden Administration who has not shown any signs of pushing new deals through.

Born in Gatineau,. Quebec, Walid Tammam is from a Moroccan background, and grew up in a social environment where antisemitism seemed to be acceptable if not encouraged. He now works to break down the polarization of these communities and act as a bridge to bring people together.

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