Another Gulf State Recognizes Israel. Here’s Why It Matters.

President Trump made a bit of history on Friday when he announced the Persian Gulf kingdom of Bahrain would establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. Bahrain’s move, a month after the United Arab Emirates normalized relations, brings the number of Arab countries that recognize Israel to four (Egypt did so in 1979, Jordan in 1994), and furthers a strategic realignment of the Middle East.

But this latest Arab-Israeli entente is neither a bolt from the blue nor the result of months of…

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