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President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the foreign ministers from the UAE and Bahrain U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain attend the Abraham Accords signing ceremony in Washington, Sept. 15, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

Israel-Gulf Normalization Sends Palestinians Back to the Drawing Board

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020

When officials from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain joined President Donald Trump at the White House to sign landmark diplomatic agreements Tuesday, the event was loaded with domestic political ramifications for each country. But beyond that—and beyond the timing of the ceremony—the deals normalizing the UAE and Bahrain’s ties with Israel carry major regional implications. And, perhaps surprisingly, the presence of tiny Bahrain is a crucial element of their momentum.

It’s no coincidence that the only top leaders at the White House ceremony for the so-called Abraham Accords were Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump, facing a tough election in seven weeks, wants to wring as much political benefit out of the normalization agreements as he can. Then there’s Netanyahu, who faces such steep political troubles at home that the deals, significant as they are, may not be enough to save him. ...

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