A retired Army officer and national defense expert says the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab nations is the way to peace with the Palestinians.
The mainstream media gave it very little very coverage, but the American-brokered Abraham Accords have paved the way to full normalization of relations between Israel and three Muslim nations.
James Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute at The Heritage Foundation, says this major foreign policy achievement of President Trump's has raised the prospects of peace and stability in the region to the highest point it has been in decades. The accords will also compel the Palestinian people to come to the peace table.
"The Arab world is going to move on, and it's going to move forward. And Israel's going to move forward," says Carafano. "I think the bulk of Palestinians are going to look at the region and say, 'Why should we remain mired under a corrupt terrorist organization to be our government when there's a perfectly good deal on the table that we would prosper by?' And 'Everybody else in the region's at peace and getting rich; why should we remain mired in poverty?'"
So Carafano expects it will create a lot of pressure on the Palestinian Authority "either to come to the table and make a deal, or they and Hamas eventually are going to get pushed aside, and the Palestinian people are going to come to the table and make a deal."