Date of Thesis

Spring 2021


When, on August 13, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it was normalizing relations with the state of Israel, few could have predicted the effects it would have. However, since the Emirati decision, three other Arab countries - Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco - have reached agreements with Tel Aviv to normalize relations. Such events are a sharp divergence from the status quo and thus, this thesis examines, through the application of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and analyzed through a constructivist framework, how three Arab media sources - Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya, and Al-Mayadeen - discuss and represent these normalization agreements. By the end of this paper, it should be clear not only the role these Arab media sources serve in the geopolitical context of the region but also how recent normalization agreements have affected an Arab consensus, as explained by constructivism, regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Normalization Agreements, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Arab Media, Constructivism, Critical Discourse Analysis

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

Second Major

Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

Arabic Studies

First Advisor

Martin Isleem

Second Advisor

David Mitchell