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Khalil weighs in on Trump's Israel-UAE deal in USA Today

August 14, 2020

USA Today

Osamah F. Khalil

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel had agreed to formalize diplomatic relations, a potentially historic agreement and a rare foreign policy win for the president during an election year. Osamah Khalil, associate professor of history and expert in Middle East affairs, says he views the announcement as an attempt to boost Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu, who both face intense political headwinds over their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and other matters. "It’s no mystery that it’s not going well for the president" less than 90 days out from the Nov. 3 election, says Khalil. But Netanyahu is the "big winner here," he says, because it boosts his argument that Israel can have peace without making territorial concessions to the Palestinians. Read more in the USA Today article "Trump announces Israel and United Arab Emirates will formalize diplomatic ties in potentially historic deal." 08/14/20

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