“No Peace, No Recognition, No Negotiations”.
The famous 3 No’s from the 1967 Khartoum Resolution where the Arab states proudly declared their hatred and isolation towards Israel. However, Khartoum proved two key points; necessity breeds cooperation and time brings forth new realities.
The past few years have witnessed a dramatic shift with Israel’s relationship with its neighbors. Traditionally outside of 1979 and 1994 when Israel formally signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan little has been done to normalize relations and strive for peace between Israelis and Arabs. It is important to note that this is not out of Israeli design but that the Arab states have purposely set out to alienate, demonize, fail to recognize Israel’s permanence in the region.
For decades the 3 No’s have largely stood strong; the little interactions focused around counter-terrorism or the military. However, times are changing and Israel is no longer being viewed as some temporary tumor that can be removed with enough radiation. Now, this does not mean that Israel and the Arabs are forging alliances and opening their borders. However, larger threats from Iran, Israel’s thriving economy, prolific R&D, stability, and western support have made it a desirable partner for Arab states looking to improve their lot in the region.
Click here to read the entire article in The Times of Israel.
Contributed by 2019-2020 University of Arkansas CAMERA Fellow Noah Bradshaw.