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It is not about peace, but about smart business

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Francesca Borri
Borri is a war correspondent and writes regularly for Ny Tid.
MIDDLE EAST / While other countries were preoccupied with covid-19, Arabs and Israelis could, without outside interference, concentrate on peace. And business.

Everything else drowned in the news of the corona pandemic. But in August, 41 years after Egypt's recognition, and 26's after Jordan's, Israel was recognized by a third Arab country: the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As the world stopped, everything changed for Israelis and Palestinians – whose situation has remained unchanged for the past 70 years.

At my hotel in Dubai, the receptionist was from Manila. She had heard about the agreement, but knew little about Palestine. "Where do you live?" She asked. «In Gaza? Where is it? Is it near Milan? »

The UAE has 10 million inhabitants, but foreign workers and immigrants make up 88,5 per cent. . .

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