Middle East must build on UAE-Israel deal by following ASEAN example
Turmoil facing region today has parallels with Southeast Asia in 1960s
The economic benefits of the deal have significant potential.
Dave Sharma was Australia's ambassador to Israel from 2013 to 2017. Now a member of Australia's House of Representatives, he chairs the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.
The surprise announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel will establish diplomatic ties and normalize relations is hugely significant for the Middle East.
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