Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
The supertanker released from Gibraltar delivers her Iranian oil to Syria. US frustrated, media confused.
Israeli drones strike Hizbullah and Palestinians in Lebanon, first time since 2006. Tension rises.
Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.
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.
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.