Israel Signs Free Trade Agreement with UAE

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    The Facts

    • Israel and the UAE signed a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) on Tues. that will remove tariffs on 96% of goods.

    • It's the first-ever FTA that Israel has struck with an Arab state and the fastest to be signed in Israel's history. This deal is also among Israel's broadest FTAs, alongside those with the US and the EU.

    The Spin

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    This new act of treason comes mere days after the provocative and humiliating "flag march" by Israeli settlers. It's clearer than ever that the normalization of the state of Israel and Israeli politics won't benefit Palestinians. Those who engage in it have no regard for their Arab brothers.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    The comprehensive FTA will boost economic and technological development in the region. Moreover, it will demonstrate that dialogue and cooperation between nations can deliver better responses to challenges. This benefits all in the region, including Palestinians.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 50% chance that at least seven Arab League member states will have normalized relations with Israel by 2027, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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