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President Donald Trump talks on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel. President Donald Trump on a phone call with the leaders of Sudan and Israel, announcing their normalization deal, in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, Oct. 23, 2020 (AP photo by Alex Brandon).

Sudan’s Normalization With Israel Looks Like an American ‘Quid Pro Quo’

Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

Editor’s Note: Welcome to WPR’s new weekly newsletter, Middle East Memo. Managing Editor Frederick Deknatel highlights a major unfolding story in the Middle East, while curating some of the best local news and analysis from the region. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Middle East Memo by email every week.

When is a peace deal not all it’s chalked up to be, even if it ends a formal state of hostility? The Trump administration’s race to pressure Arab countries to normalize their ties with Israel, goaded by promises of American financial assistance and weapons, isn’t really changing the Middle East, despite the White House’s own publicity and some breathless, boosterish commentary. But these U.S.-brokered normalization agreements should change some longstanding expectations of what peace in the region, such as it is, would really mean. ...

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