The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday:
When he announced a potentially historic deal last month in which Persian Gulf nation United Arab Emirates said it was preparing to recognize Israel, President Trump predicted other Arab states would quickly follow suit.
But after two trips through the region by senior Trump advisors to build on what they hoped would be momentum from the Emirates deal, no other Arab nation has said it is willing to take the long-shunned leap to accept and recognize Israel as a legitimate Mideast neighbor, at least not until Israel resolves its conflict with Palestinians.
Kushner used his four-day trip to the Middle East to try to entice additional Arab countries to join the Emirates in moving to normalize relations with Israel. That follows a similar sojourn last month by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, who traveled to five countries in the region. Both officials came up empty-handed.
How does the LAT know this? Normalization isn’t a switch that is turned on or off – it involves lots of moving parts. It took over a decade of secret ties between Israel and the UAE before this announcement with lots of intermediate steps, like allowing Israeli athletes to compete under the Israeli flag in the UAE.
And we know that a lot has happened in the three weeks since the Israel/UAE agreement was announced.
For example, both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain announced that El Al flights would be able to fly over their territories en route to the UAE – that isn’t exactly nothing. Saudi media and officials – as well as clerics – have changed the tenor of their official statements away from being anti-Israel to being more conciliatory.
Most importantly, the PLO demanded an Arab League session denouncing the UAE, and nothing happened. Gulf countries outside the UAE are no longer willing to publicly oppose peace with Israel.
This is a sea change in the attitudes between powerful Arab states and Israel – all happening since mid-August.
And this all remains unreported in the pages of the Los Angeles Times.
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