Is business the ‘path to peace’ in the Middle East?
It is not yet six months since the leaders of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed a peace accord with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, but already there is a new occupant in the Oval Office and another election coming in Israel. But the future of the “Abraham Accords” which normalised relationships between Israel and the two other countries for the first time in their history seems to be secure. Not only have Morocco and Sudan signed similar accords, but millions of dollars of business deals have been signed between the players. In December alone it is estimated that 60,000 Israeli tourists visited Dubai and that is not including the envoys of business people flowing back and forth.