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.
Kushner briefly visits Morocco and Jordan to boost the deal of the century. Netanyahu’s failure to form a government may have put the kibosh on the timing if not the deal itself.
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.
The appearance of the Trump peace plan will cause difficulties for Jordan, whether it is accepted or rejected by the Palestinians and Israelis.
Trump moving to blacklist the Muslim brotherhood – likely consequences including Turkey and several Arab states.
The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.
A more assertive Jordan allies with the Palestinian Authority to defend its position in Jerusalem through a strengthened Waqf Council. Separately, part of the security barrier in Jerusalem collapses; Palestinians celebrate.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.