Yoel Guzansky, Udi Dekel
The Abraham Accords represent a substantial achievement for Israel. At the same time, the potential for improving both Israel’s strategic position and its response to the challenges it faces has not been fully realized. The shared regional threat from Iran was, and remains, the primary motive for the Abraham Accords. This drive, however, has lost momentum with the change in United States policy under the Biden administration. Inter alia, it seems that the US is far less willing to provide security and economic rewards to the countries that signed the Abraham Accords. Still, creating a wide range of countries that cooperate toward stability in the Middle East aimed at thwarting Iran’s influence in the region remains an important challenge and goal. Israel should therefore supply what it can missing in the security sphere and promote cooperation agreements that highlight the benefits of peace by removing bureaucratic obstacles that delay implementation of the agreements, and by recruiting business concerns and external partners for investment in infrastructure initiatives that contribute to prosperity.