Israel-Gulf Normalization Sends Palestinians Back to the Drawing Board

Israel-Gulf Normalization Sends Palestinians Back to the Drawing Board
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).

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 […]

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