In recent years, there has been an unusual sort of race between Arab states (especially those in the Gulf) in pursuing a policy of normalization with Israel, with various nations having secret diplomatic channels with the ultimate aim of establishing official relationships. Practical steps towards normalization have notably accelerated- these steps have variously taken the form of meetings, invitations, visits, and public statements. These have occurred alongside the emergence of a particular category of intellectuals and public figures calling for normalization. Such figures have made repeated calls for the establishment of diplomatic ties, and have openly questioned and cast doubt over Palestinian rights.

On the 13th of August, it was announced that official relations had commenced between the United Arab Emirates and the state of Israel. This process of normalizing ties was evidently not disrupted at all by the recent unilateral actions taken by Israel and the United States towards the Palestinians.