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Year of Israel-UAE ties fails to change minds in Indonesia, Malaysia

Abraham Accords going strong but ASEAN Muslim states focus on Palestinians

The U.S.-brokered normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates looks to be enduring one year after the announcement on Aug. 13, 2020.   © Reuters

DUBAI -- One year after Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic normalization agreement, ties between the Middle Eastern states are thriving. The prospects for Israel extending its diplomatic gains to Asia's Muslim-majority countries, however, appear dim at best.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the deal on Aug. 13, 2020, and the agreement was signed about a month later. Trade between the UAE and Israel has since reached $570 million, according to local media reports citing the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.

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