The Norwegian Nobel Committee last week awarded Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
While Ressa and Muratov’s work exposing their respective oppressive regimes should be applauded, there was a better choice for this year’s prize. Namely, the parties behind the U.S.-brokered Abraham Accords, where Israel normalized ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.
The historic scale of the accords should not be underestimated.
Sudan was the home of the 1967 Khartoum Resolution, which included the three no’s: no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no negotiations with it. Well, today, the three no’s have become three yeses. They have unlocked countless economic, religious, security, social, and other opportunities between Israel and Muslim countries.
The outside-in approach of having Mideast countries normalize ties with Israel, as opposed to Mideast peace being contingent on Israeli-Palestinian peace, is a playbook that will be used in the future even if the Palestinians refuse to make peace with Israel.
Middle East peace should have been rewarded this year. Otherwise, why name it a peace prize?
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