Bahrain workshop on the economic tranche of the deal of the century a near flop. Next stage uncertain.
Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.
Announcement that the economic part of the Trump plan for Palestine will be unveiled in Bahrain in June gets a bad press.
Trump moving to blacklist the Muslim brotherhood – likely consequences including Turkey and several Arab states.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
GCC summit in Riyadh solves no problems but keeps the show on the road. MBS turns up at last.
Elections have been held in Bahrain since 2002 but have yet to have much meaning. Homage to MBS. Bahrain in Israel’s sights.