New Strategic Design of the Middle East

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New Strategic Design of the Middle East

Ties between Israel and the Gulf have grown exponentially in recent years. What began as whispers of covert intelligence cooperation gradually transformed into increasingly public signs of amity. And, these covert contacts came to the fore recently when within a span of only a month, the US President Donald Trump successfully brokered peace between Israel and two Arab countries—first the United Arab Emirates and then Bahrain. Both deals are revolutionary in scope as by normalizing ties and focusing on business, trade and travel, these “warm peace” agreements go beyond the often tenuous “cold peace” that Egypt and Jordan made with the Jewish state decades ago. This dramatic turn of events and Arab states’ breaking away with the old pan-Arab consensus reflects a sea change in the region and we can say that it’s a brand new Middle East.

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