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.
US shuttle diplomacy has achieved agreement on talks to take place between Lebanon and Israel on the maritime border.
Three summit meetings in Mecca next week may strengthen Saudi leadership of the Arab and Muslim world. Elsewhere there is much to do.
Trump moving to blacklist the Muslim brotherhood – likely consequences including Turkey and several Arab states.
Pompeo will face some difficult issues in Beirut: Hizbullah, maritime border with Israel, EastMed pipeline, Syrian refugees.
UK lines up with Israel on Hizbullah. Some downside, possible domestic political advantage.
Lebanon – Hariri forms a government, the usual coalition tilted slightly more than before towards Hizbullah. US murmurings.
Lebanon – still no government. Protests grow at failure of the political class. Competing Qatari and Saudi offers of financial support do not solve the problem.
Lebanon – still no sign of a government following the election in May 2018. Tunnelling on the Israeli border could be a warning of something much worse.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.