Hope for the Future

We all need a little hope right now.

The United Arab Emirates seems to want to join the rest of us in taking part in the growth that the world has to offer. They recently agreed to a U.S brokered accord to exchange diplomats and cooperate with Israel on a broad range of issues. The event almost slipped our notice here in the U.S., what with Covid-19, street protests and Election 2020 screaming for our attention, but it is a really big deal. If other Arab nations start to view this attitude favorably, then maybe they too can lay aside their hatreds and give peace a chance.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region.”

Joint statement issued by Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Representatives of both countries will get together in the U.S. in September to sign the “Abraham Accord”…named after the Prophet Abraham, seen as the father of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

No doubt as part of the more peaceful direction that the UAE tends to take, (they’ve made quiet peace with Israel for years) NASA and a number of U.S. based universities and businesses have been able to do business with them and they’ve even partnered together to sent a spacecraft to Mars. That might not have been possible if they had been on the U.S. State Department’s “don’t sell technology to” list.

I don’t know why this historic agreement between the UAE and Israel hasn’t been emphasized in the U.S. news media or in politician campaign speeches, because anyone who can claim even the smallest amount of credit for supporting or participating in the process that led to it deserve to crow about it. Arab-Israeli peace agreements don’t happen very often, and when they do they make our planet a safer and more civilized place. Some day, all of this cross-ethnic hatred that plagues our world will go the way of the Model-T Ford.

UAE Mars mission
Launch of the UAE’s Mars probe “Hope” last month

~ by Bill Housley on August 20, 2020.

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