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The negative aspects to this deal

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Submitted by Anon (Israel), Aug 20, 2020 at 05:16

1. The fact that the Emirates keeps talking about how the deal represents a significant achievement in freezing (that's how I believe they put it) the partial annexation means that when or if Israel does go through with it, they'll face great pressure to go back to the way things were. But by then, they'll have lots of F35's thanks to this deal. Though I'm not saying this is a trick. Only that it's easy to see how the deal could collapse.

2. Just as this deal is probably the first of several. If in the future, one of these Gulf states would declare it is no longer committed to the peace deal, that too could lead to an avalanche. This would not even be unlikely. Think of the various Arab states to make peace with Israel as being a chain, possibly no stronger than its weakest link.

These are real risks.

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1. One of the benefits of this deal is that it kills (yes, kills; not "suspends") the horrible annexation plan.

2. True, backsliding is a possibility. But because Israel did not give up territory or other benefits for this, it does not end up losing. Unlike the Oslo Accords.

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