Arab Summit in Israel
By Micah Halpern
The foreign ministers of Israel, the United States, Egypt, the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco concluded a two-day summit at Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev Desert. Sde Boker was home to Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion.
The 5 Arab nations came to Israel to talk. They all had different agendas and varying priorities. For Israel it was all about Iran. Not so for the others around the table.
Dan Shapiro is a reliable source. He was the former US ambassador to Israel and is now a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Program. Until last week, he served as senior adviser to the US special envoy on Iran.
Shapiro was quoted by the Times of Israel saying: “For the UAE, it might be investment in clean energy; for Bahrain, it might be maritime security; for Morocco, it might be education and agriculture; for Egypt… [it might be] all of those.”
Such is the nature of diplomacy and international affairs. Seldom does everything fall into total alignment.
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