It has been six months since the signing of the “Abraham Accords,” a peace agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. The peace has brought an increase in business for all countries involved. Companies are signing deals with each other to increase profit, increase customer selection, and benefit the economies of the countries.

The peace is expected to stay, and to positively benefit relations between the countries. Since they all benefit off of it, they will all want to stay in the deal. Could this strategy potentially be used to help stabilize the rest of the Middle East? I think so. Regular peace treaties are great and all, but when the countries involved have a positive economic reason to stay it works better. This agreement can be used as a model to help better relationships not just within the Middle East but within the rest of the world.

There would, of course, be some exceptions. Palestine has condemned the deal, refusing peace until Israel gives back their land. The Israel-Palestine conflict is definitely not something that economic activity can fix. And Saudi Arabia probably won’t join anything with Israel until their conflict with Palestine is resolved. A peace agreement with economic benefits is by no means a fix-all, but it could be a good starting point for a lot of Middle Eastern countries.

Eleanor Haas