The Reading / Listening - Israel-UAE Deal - Level 4

Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations. Israel will suspend plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The breakthrough was announced yesterday by leaders of Israel, the UAE and the USA. They hope it will advance peace in the Middle East. Israel has had diplomatic relations with Egypt and Jordan for decades. It has had no relationships with Gulf Arab states. Israel will now focus its efforts on expanding ties with nations in the Arab and Muslim world.



The three leaders behind the Abraham Accord called it a "testament to the bold diplomacy...vision...and courage of the UAE and Israel". They hope it will "unlock great potential in the region". Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". The UAE called the deal a "win for diplomacy" that would lower tensions and create "new energy for positive change". Palestinians called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "sold out by friends".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Israel-UAE Deal - Level 5 or  Israel-UAE Deal - Level 6

Sources
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-53770859 https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/world-reacted-uae-israel-normalising-diplomatic-ties-200813152921879.html https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/israel-freezes-palestine-annexation-for-uae-ties-1.1063394


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Israel and the UAE agreed
  2. annex parts
  3. The breakthrough was
  4. advance peace
  5. diplomatic
  6. no relationships with
  7. focus its efforts on
  8. the Arab and
  1. in the Middle East
  2. Gulf Arab states
  3. Muslim world
  4. announced yesterday
  5. expanding ties
  6. to normalise relations
  7. of the West Bank
  8. relations

Paragraph 2

  1. The three leaders behind the
  2. bold
  3. vision
  4. unlock great potential
  5. a historic
  6. lower
  7. a "betrayal" of the
  8. sold out
  1. in the region
  2. by friends
  3. tensions
  4. and courage
  5. diplomacy
  6. Palestinian cause
  7. Abraham Accord
  8. day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Israel and the UAE agreed (1) ___________________. Israel will suspend plans to (2) ___________________ the West Bank. The breakthrough was announced yesterday (3) ___________________ Israel, the UAE and the USA. They hope it (4) ___________________ in the Middle East. Israel has had (5) ___________________ Egypt and Jordan for decades. It has had no relationships with Gulf Arab states. Israel will now focus its efforts on (6) ___________________ nations in the Arab and Muslim world.

The three (7) ___________________ Abraham Accord called it a "testament to the bold diplomacy... (8) ___________________ of the UAE and Israel". They hope it will "(9) ___________________ in the region". Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". The UAE called the (10) ___________________ for diplomacy" that would lower tensions and create "new energy (11) ___________________". Palestinians called it a "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "(12) ___________________ friends".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

IsraelandtheUAEagreedtonormaliserelations.Israelwillsuspendplan
stoannexpartsoftheWestBank.Thebreakthroughwasannouncedyest
erdaybyleadersofIsrael,theUAEandtheUSA.Theyhopeitwilladvance
peaceintheMiddleEast.IsraelhashaddiplomaticrelationswithEgyptan
dJordanfordecades.IthashadnorelationshipswithGulfArabstates.Isr
aelwillnowfocusitseffortsonexpandingtieswithnationsintheAraband
Muslimworld.ThethreeleadersbehindtheAbrahamAccordcalledita"te
stamenttothebolddiplomacy...vision...andcourageoftheUAEandIsra
el".Theyhopeitwill"unlockgreatpotentialintheregion".MrNetanyahuc
alledita"historicday".TheUAEcalledthedeala"winfordiplomacy"that
wouldlowertensionsandcreate"newenergyforpositivechange".Pales
tinianscalledita"betrayal"ofthePalestiniancauseandtheequivalentof
being"soldoutbyfriends".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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