BOLD TRUMP STRATEGY MAY USHER IN A NEW MIDDLE EAST PEACE ROADMAP
The Trump administration's bold strategy of uniting Sunni Arab states against Iran could be a new, viable roadmap towards peace in the Middle East, according to Sky News contributor Michael Ware.
Overnight, the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have signed historic diplomatic normalisation deals with Israel at a ceremony at the White House.
The UAE, and then Bahrain, agreed to normalise relations and recognise Israel after the Israeli prime minister pledged to suspend plans to annex parts of the Palestinian West Bank.
The Palestinian leadership has condemned the deal, however, officials from the UAE and Bahrain have assured them that they support their push for statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
President Trump told Fox News this week he believes other Arab nations will sign onto the agreement to normalise relations with Israel, which has been dubbed The Abraham Accords.
Mr Ware told Sky News the accords "challenges the premise" that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the "beating heart of instability of the Middle East."
"This certainly is the emergence of a new road map towards peace in the Middle East, it's a roadmap that isolates the Palestinians from these Arab states that have been sponsoring them in the hope it forces the Palestinians to the negotiation table," Mr Ware said.
"This has been called the outside-in approach, where you align all these Sunni Arab states with Washington and with Tel Aviv, united to their opposition to Iran, which they hope will in effect bring the Palestinians back to the negotiation table.
"This approach is new, it is one that challenges the premise that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the beating heart of instability within the Middle East.
"But when you look at the economic collapse of Lebanon, the rise and fall of ISIS, the war in Syria, even the civil war in Libya, the falling oil prices and these Arab states needing to diversify their economies and seek technology like the ones Israel has, none of these factors have anything to do with the Palestinians.
"This is a brand new approach, it's bold, I think it has legs, let's see how it goes."