Dear Foreign Secretary
I am writing to you about the Abraham Accords, the historic deal that normalises relations between Israel, and both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
In stature, these accords stand alongside the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace agreement and the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty. In some respects they are even more auspicious as they point to momentum across the region; they would not for example have been signed without the tacit endorsement of Saudi Arabia.
That suggests that future deals are likely.
The accords also signal that a growing majority of the Arab world is simultaneously exasperated with corrupt and self-serving Palestinian leaders unwilling to negotiate peace and fearful of Iran’s meddling and nefarious ambitions in the region.
The accords were struck in secrecy and demonstrate that progress can be achieved by approaching purportedly intractable problems from a different angle.
Your department is pumping millions of pounds of taxpayer funds into projects and institutions in the Middle East (including the Palestinian Authority). What will the UK government learn from this approach to diplomacy?
The Palestinian Authority (PA), for example, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK Government to renounce violence in return for UK Aid, yet the UK government ignores serial breaches of the agreement by the PA. For example, when the Abraham Accords were announced, the PA’s reaction was to call for violent opposition. The UK government said and did nothing.
As someone who wishes to see peace in the Middle East will you confirm to me that: –
1. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will carry out a full review of its spending in the region, to ensure that it supports the normalisation agenda?
2. The UK Government will explain to the PA that the FCDO will withdraw its support if it continues to promote violence over peace?
History will be a harsh judge if today’s generation of politicians refuse to seize this seminal moment.
This letter has been copied to my constituency MP for information.