PODCAST: Inside Israel's No-change, No-cost Peace Deal With the UAE

As Palestinians rage and the world shrugs its shoulders, Israel and the UAE forge ahead with an agreement based on business, security and a common enemy

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A shoe is placed on a poster of Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a Palestinian protest against the UAE's deal with Israel to normalize relations, in Nablus on August 14.
A shoe is placed on a poster of Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a Palestinian protest against the UAE's deal with Israel to normalize relations, in Nablus on August 14.Credit: Raneen Sawafta / Reuters
Haaretz Weekly podcast.
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Host Simon Spungin is joined by Haaretz's diplomatic correspondent Noa Landau and Anshel Pfeffer to discuss the American-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates over the normalization of relations between the two countries – in exchange for suspending plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

Among the many questions that this agreement raises: Who are the winners and losers in a deal that will have little practical impact? Are the Palestinians justified to feel abandoned? Has Benjamin Netanyahu has now cleared his debt to President Donald Trump? And what does the deal mean for regional and domestic politics?

PODCAST: Inside Israel's no-change, no-cost peace deal with the UAE

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We also note that the deal with Dubai has not dampened the fervor of the thousands of anti-corruption protesters who demonstrate weekly across Israel.

Recommended related reading:

Stopping Annexation Was Our Main Concern: Top UAE Official Hails 'Historic' Israel Deal in Haaretz Interview / Noa Landau

Israel-UAE Deal Clears Annexation Muddle. But Not for Everyone / Noa Landau

In UAE Deal, Netanyahu Trades Imaginary Annexation for Real Life Diplomacy Win / Anshel Pfeffer

Israel-UAE Normalization Deal Reveals Failure of Palestinian Diplomacy / Amira Hass

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