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Seen from Israel: The game-changing UAE deal

The recent normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates came as a shock to many, dispelling the mythical belief that solving the Palestinian issue was a prerequisite to any new peace deal. Like other Gulf states, the UAE has felt threatened by Iran, and sees Israel as a counterweight. Other Arab countries may follow its lead, while Turkey and Iran bide their time before choosing a response. 

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