The Reading / Listening - Israel-UAE Deal - Level 5

Israel and the UAE have agreed to normalise relations. Israel agreed to suspend plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The historic breakthrough was announced yesterday by the leaders of Israel, the UAE and the USA. They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with Egypt and Jordan for decades. Until now, it has had no such relationships with a Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".



The three leaders behind the Abraham Accord said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to the bold diplomacy...vision...and courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock great potential in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". The UAE called the deal a "win for diplomacy and the region" that would lower tensions and create "new energy for positive change". The Palestinian leadership 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 4 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. agreed to normalise
  2. Israel agreed to suspend
  3. historic
  4. advance peace
  5. no such relationships with a
  6. focus its
  7. expanding ties
  8. in the Arab
  1. plans
  2. Gulf Arab state
  3. and Muslim world
  4. relations
  5. with other countries
  6. in the Middle East
  7. efforts
  8. breakthrough

Paragraph 2

  1. The three leaders behind
  2. This historic diplomatic
  3. bold
  4. chart a
  5. unlock great potential
  6. a win
  7. a "betrayal" of the
  8. the equivalent of being sold
  1. breakthrough
  2. for diplomacy
  3. Palestinian cause
  4. in the region
  5. diplomacy
  6. out by friends
  7. new path
  8. the Abraham Accord

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Israel and the UAE (1) ___________________ normalise relations. Israel agreed to suspend plans (2) ___________________ of the West Bank. The (3) ___________________ announced yesterday by the leaders of Israel, the UAE and the USA. They expressed hope that the "historic breakthrough (4) ___________________ in the Middle East". Israel has had diplomatic relations with Egypt and Jordan for decades. Until now, it has had (5) ___________________ with a Gulf Arab state. Israel will "focus its efforts now on (6) ___________________ other countries in the Arab and Muslim world".

The (7) ___________________ the Abraham Accord said: "This historic diplomatic breakthrough...is a testament to (8) ___________________...vision...and courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new path that will (9) ___________________ in the region." Mr Netanyahu called it a "historic day". The UAE called the deal a "(10) ___________________ and the region" that would lower tensions and create "new energy for positive change". The Palestinian leadership called (11) ___________________ of the Palestinian cause and the equivalent of being "(12) ___________________ friends".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

IsraelandtheUAEhaveagreedtonormaliserelations.Israelagreedtosu
spendplanstoannexpartsoftheWestBank.Thehistoricbreakthroughw
asannouncedyesterdaybytheleadersofIsrael,theUAEandtheUSA.Th
eyexpressedhopethatthe"historicbreakthroughwilladvancepeaceint
heMiddleEast".IsraelhashaddiplomaticrelationswithEgyptandJorda
nfordecades.Untilnow,ithashadnosuchrelationshipswithaGulfArabst
ate.Israelwill"focusitseffortsnowonexpandingtieswithothercountrie
sintheArabandMuslimworld".ThethreeleadersbehindtheAbrahamAc
cordsaid:"Thishistoricdiplomaticbreakthrough...isatestamenttothe
bolddiplomacy...vision...andcourageoftheUAEandIsraeltochartane
wpaththatwillunlockgreatpotentialintheregion."MrNetanyahucalledi
ta"historicday".TheUAEcalledthedeala"winfordiplomacyandtheregi
on"thatwouldlowertensionsandcreate"newenergyforpositivechange
".ThePalestinianleadershipcalledita"betrayal"ofthePalestiniancause
andtheequivalentofbeing"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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Answers

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