star-Peace-FlagsNot shooting is not the same as peace

The Internet is full of comments claiming Israeli agreements between Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan mean nothing because they were already at peace. Is there any explanation other than Trump Derangement Syndrome to explain the blindness?

Had former POTUS Barak Obama succeeded in brokering even one of these agreement, not to mention Serbia–Kosovo because that is outside the scope of this blog, his supporters would be demanding a second Nobel Prize.

This time they would even have real grounds.

Last February B.C. (Before Corona) my wife smuggled ourselves into Dubai U.A.E. At that time it was illegal for an Israeli citizen to enter the Gulf state and even an Israeli stamp in a passport was enough to be prevented from entering. The law stated that no Israeli product would be allowed entrance so we arranged that the Channukiah (Menorah) that we were bringing to a wedding be transported by other means.

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We entered on a second passport. Technically Dubai immigration was quite aware that we had been in Israel from our flight bookings but either they didn’t check or in hindsight things were going on in secret of which we were unaware.

That, of course is for foreign visitors. Residents had even more restrictions. Dubai blocked the +972 (Israel) prefix from telephones and a simple handshake at a sporting event could have you arrested.

That’s not two nations at peace.

Although neither Bahrain nor the United Arab Emirates had ever been in a shooting war with Israel both were technically at war as members of the Arab League. Both gave financial, diplomatic and logistical support for the belligerents. Members of terrorist groups freely and openly entered and conducted their business.

Consider the late and hardly lamented Mahmoud al-Mabhouh as an example. Al‑Mabhouh, a co-founder of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, was wanted by the Israeli government for the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 as well as purchasing arms from Iran for use in Gaza. The chief of logistics and weapons procurement was assassinated in his Dubai hotel room.

That’s not two nations at peace.

Sudan is a special case.

Suddenly SudanIn 1948 Sudanese fighters participated in the war against Israel. This was five years before Britain granted Sudan self-government and eight years before independence was proclaimed.

In 1967 Sudan declared war against Israel.

In 1973 Sudanese troops attempted to join the war but arrived to late for the fighting.

Israel backed Christian militias that fought the Sudanese government in the First and Second Sudanese Civil Wars.

That’s not two nations at peace.

Three Yes’s

After Israel’s defeat of five Arab armies in the Six Day War, the Arab League came together in the Khartoum Conference in Sudan’s capital, chaired by then-Sudanese president Ismai’il al-Azhari and adopted an official position that remains a major obstacle to peace in the region:

  • No peace with Israel,
  • No recognition of Israel,
  • No negotiations with Israel.

Egypt broke the consensus first in 1979. Jordan followed in 1994. Then two and a half decades later U.A.E., Bahrain and Sudan.

Yes, Peace, recognition and negotiations. IT IS A BIG DEAL.

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