It is hard to join the euphoria for the new peace accord which Israel and the UAE now negotiate.

We witness a “Déjà vu”: Israel repeats the tragic mistakes of the peace accords with Egypt, the PLO and Jordan – In each “peace process”, Israel only operated on the political level and allowed belligerent education to continue.

In the case of the UAE, this is not just a cold peace. What we have here is short term gratification and long term enmity

For example. the UAE quadrupled its donation to UNRWA from $12 million dollars a year n 2017 to $51 million dollars per annam in 2019. UAE funds flow to UNRWA schools at a time when UNRWA education is based on three principles, according to our think tank’s examination of all 364 Arab textbooks used by UNRWA:

  1. Challenging legitimacy of the Jewish State, asserting that Jews have no place in the Middle East
  2. Demonizing Jews
  3. Continuing the war to liberate all of ‘Palestine’

The UAE cannot have it both ways – to promote coexistence with Israel and promote Jihad against the Jews at the same time.

Over the next three weeks before Rosh haShana (the Jewish New Year), a time of reflection and introspection, the details of the accord with the UAE will be hammered out.

This is the time for Israel’s friends to demand the inclusion of a clause in the UAE accord to mandate peace education and reject UAE aid to the UNRWA Jihad Curriculum.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.