Here is the text of the Bahrain-Israel declaration of peace, in which they agree to establish diplomatic relations and reach agreements to cooperate in various economic sectors, health and the environment -…
They agree to eschew threats and the use of force, which should be easy as they have absolutely zero history of using threats of force against each other.
On the Palestinians it simply says they commit to “continuing the efforts to achieve a just, comprehensive, and enduring resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.”
Not “strengthen” or “renew” or “redouble”, but “continue” the existing efforts. Just to remind you, the existing efforts don’t involve any talks with the Palestinians.
Again there’s no mention of the two state solution, international law, UN resolutions or previous agreements on the Palestinian issue. Whereas the Bahrain king’s public position has been that Bahrain is still committed to a two state solution:…
The Bahrain FM also said yesterday Bahrain’s aim was to intensify efforts to resolve the Is-Pal conflict in the framework of the Arab Peace Initiative:…

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