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Why the UAE Chose to Normalize Relations With Israel

The agreement reflects two important realities in the Middle East.

An agreement deserving of applause.

An agreement deserving of applause.

Photographer: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images North America

For President Donald Trump’s critics and supporters of Palestinian nationalism, there will be a temptation to spin today’s historic normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a setback for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Following the announcement of Trump’s Middle East peace plan earlier this year, Netanyahu began the process of annexing parts of the West Bank, a process he said the plan authorized. The White House urged him to reconsider. He pressed on.