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1720, 15 Sep 20

UAE and Bahrain Normalize Relations With Israel

This is kind of a big deal.

US President Donald Trump has hailed the “dawn of a new Middle East”, amid landmark deals between Israel and Gulf states Bahrain and the UAE.

Mr Trump spoke as the UAE and Bahrain signed agreements fully normalising their relations with Israel.

The three countries hailed the deals as historic, as did Mr Trump, whose administration helped broker them.

The Gulf states are just the third and fourth Arab countries to recognise Israel since its founding in 1948.

The agreements are also likely to usher in new security ties in a region where many of the Gulf Arab states share with the Israelis a common adversary in Iran.

This is a big deal for a couple of reasons.

First, the two big powers in the Middle East are Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both are horrible totalitarian regimes, but of the two, Iran is more of a threat to the U.S. than Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally. Both the UAE and Bahrain are aligned with Saudi Arabia and they would not have normalized relations with Israel, another U.S. ally, without a nod from the Kingdom. This is a significant move in the formation of a regional coalition to balance Iran.

Second, although there are not military alliances between the Arab nations and Israel, the establishment of cultural and commercial relationships help to cement a motive for peace. The threat of an Arab attack on Israel as a catalyst for U.S. involvement has been reduced.

Treaties in the Middle East are traditionally unstable. We have gone through these cycles of hope and disappointment for my entire life. Perhaps this is another short-lived success. Perhaps it is a permanent shift in a positive direction. Time will tell.


1720, 15 September 2020


  1. Mar

    President Trump wins again.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Trump winning all over the place.

    Liberal media silent.

  3. penquin

    Not “kind of”, rather this is “totally” a big deal.

    Kudos to the Trump Administration for helping make this happen – let’s hope it sticks.

  4. jjf

    As a friend put it, hopefully he’ll be able to reestablish relations between the USA and Portland.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Portland left the US a long time ago.

    They would have to renounce their rdical leftist evil first.

    I don’t see that happening.

    I don’t even think you would encourage them to renounce their awful leftist evil.


  6. Mar

    Well, if Clive Bundy, family and friends went to Portland, the rioting would pretty much end quickly.

  7. jjf

    Kevin, you’re the king of “cancel culture.”

  8. jjf

    Mar, if Bundy went to Portland, would law enforcement bring him snacks while they were destroying Federal property?

  9. Mar

    They would not destroy Federal property.
    As far as law enforcement giving them snacks, who knows? They probably wouldn’t need to because the rioting would end pretty quickly.

  10. jjf

    Last time it took Bundy over a month to carry out his standoff.  What are you fantasizing about this time?

  11. Mar

    Well, the Feds are tougher than the rioters.
    Point some long guns to their heads and when the rioters attempt to kill or hurt a police officer, no more rioter.
    Look how fast the Kenosha riots were quieted when the kid took out 2 thugs and maimed a 3rd thug.

  12. Kevin Scheunemann


    I prefer “the advocate for decency”….

  13. jjf

    Fantasizing about killing people.  Got it.  Decency.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann


    I’ll bite.  We’re did I do that?

    Get your head out of the leftist fever swamp.


  15. jjf

    Mar’s dreaming of killing people.  You said “decency” and now you thought you’d add a spoonful of insult.

  16. Mar

    Nope, just killing thugs who try to kill or maim police officers
    But you have wet dreams about killing and hurting police officers. Just wishing you were there being a thug and hurting and killing cops.

  17. jjf

    So when they pointed long guns at the Bundy standoff, what happened?

  18. Mar

    The Feds backed down.

  19. jjf

    According to CNN, “Federal officials say a police dog was kicked and officers were assaulted. Bundy family members say they were thrown to the ground or jolted with a Taser.”

    So they should’ve been shot at that point, right?


  20. Le Roi du Nord

    First off, the guys’ name is Cliven Bundy, not Clive. And he is a chronic scofflaw and deadbeat. So much for your support for the rule of law. Hypocrites.

  21. Mar

    First, it’s CNN and only mental midgets use CNN as a source.
    If a officer’s life was in danger or faced serious injury, yes.
    But you have no idea about the ways of the West. You don’t mess with a person’s cows.
    And I lived in Nevada when this was going on and most of the media completely distorted what was going on and gullible people like yourself, jjf, believed the media.

  22. jjf

    See, Le Roi, Cliven wears a hat, so he’s a good guy!  You just don’t know the Ways of the West!  Mar has Special Knowledge of the situation that the media doesn’t want you to know.

  23. Jason

    >See, Le Roi, Cliven wears a hat, so he’s a good guy!  You just don’t know the Ways of the West!  Mar has Special Knowledge of the situation that the media doesn’t want you to know.

    Foust, you’re just like Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story… acting like a tough guy behind your bigger friend… and then running away actually stands up to you two.   You pathetic little baby man menstruating all the time.

  24. Mar

    And jjf loses another argument while contributing nothing.

  25. jjf

    And Mar, you won with the “you don’t know the ways of the west” comment.

    Jason, again with the physical bullying threats.  Who’s my bigger friend?

    And now I’m a baby with E.D. as well as menstruate?  Sexist much?  I think Kevin will want to have a talk with you if you keep daydreaming about that.

  26. Le Roi du Nord

    The “ways of the west“, you mean like the herd mentality that will rid us of the trump virus ?

  27. Mar

    Oh look, Le Roi popped out of his hole to just to say nothing.

  28. jjf

    Oh Mar, prince of irony!

  29. Le Roi du Nord

    Wrong again mar, I was busy with pouring a concrete slab for a friend. You know, good honest work. Try it sometime.

  30. Mar

    Knowing you, Le Roi, you lied about knowing how to pour concrete and you ended up with a floor suitable to be part of a MASH episode, the first floor they poured.

  31. Le Roi du Nord

    Anytime you want to match skills finishing concrete, let me know.

  32. Mar

    Nah, we don’t use much concrete where I live. But thanks.
    And anytime you need lessons on wildfire firefighting, let me know.
    Still waiting on your qualifications.

  33. Le Roi du Nord

    And you qualifications in forest management are… ? That’s what dud was talking about.

  34. Mar

    That’s not what I said and neither are you qualified.
    But I have wildland firefighting experience.
    You are unqualified to even visit a forest much less talk about forests. You would probably be be eaten by Yogi Bear and Boo Boo.
    We were talking about exploding trees and you were wrong.

  35. Le Roi du Nord

    Sorry mar, but dud and I were talking about forest management, but part of a forestry management is wildland fire management, fire science, fire ecology, etc.  And yes, I have experience in wildland fire, and prescribed burns.

    What qualifications do I need to “visit” a forest?  Heck, I even own forest land, managed for sustainable production of forest products, and have a harvest set up for this fall.  You?

  36. Mar

    No moron, you criticized President Trump about him talking about trees exploding during fires.
    You said that was false.
    You were proved wrong.
    Deal with it.
    President Trump was right and you were wrong.
    Suck it up, Buttercup.

  37. Le Roi du Nord

    Trees don’t explode on their own.  Calling me names doesn’t make that bogus claim of trumps true, but it does show how far you will go into the realm of willful ignorance to defend the indefensible.

  38. Mar

    And that is not what President Trump said.
    And yes, you are a moron.
    And a liar.
    And uncivilized.

  39. Randall Flagg

    Hmmm… Mar’s word versus wildfiretoday?  Who to believe…..

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