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Medved: Cooperation beats confrontation in the Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, U.S. President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

No accomplishment of Donald Trump’s turbulent term has drawn more fulsome, broad-based praise than the recent agreements between Israel and the Arab states of Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

All three nations are centers for regional progress and prosperity, drawn together by the prospect of economic and security cooperation against terrorist threats from nearby Iran. The Trump administration succeeded with a fresh approach to peace-making — building common interests rather than insisting that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement must precede any other agreements.

Israelis across the political spectrum feel deeply encouraged, with other nations like Kuwait and Morocco possibly concluding their own deals and enhanced prospects for a negotiated settlement with West Bank Palestinians.

After all, the Palestinian Authority already controls seven times the land area and three times the population of the flourishing state of Bahrain. One day, we can hope they embrace a similar lesson: That cooperation works better than confrontation.

Listen to Michael Medved weekday afternoons from 12 – 3 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3).

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