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The signing of the Abraham Accords in September 2020, through which Bahrain and UAE normalised ties with Israel was a significant development which analysts believed had the potential of altering the geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East. In December 2020, Morocco also signed an agreement for normalising relations with Israel, while in January 2021, Sudan followed suit. The 2020 accords which many believed was more about symbolism than substance, drew criticism for ignoring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (the events of May 2021, clearly reiterate this point) and overlooking other complexities of the region.

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