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Accords mark Mideast peace breakthrough, but Palestinian issue not going away

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Tuesday’s historic White House ceremony was the culmination of a rare diplomatic success story. Just one month after the shock announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel had agreed to normalize relations and establish diplomatic ties, here they were on the White House lawn signing the deal.

And with Bahrain, another Arab Gulf country had joined the Israel-Arab renaissance, brokered by US President Donald Trump and his administration.

Leaders of the four countries hailed a new era.

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“After decades of division and conflict, we mark the dawn of a new Middle East,” said Trump.

“This day is a pivot of history. It heralds a new dawn of peace,” echoed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We are witnessing today a new trend that will create a better path for the Middle East,” UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed agreed.

And his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani spoke of a “historic step on the road to genuine and lasting peace, security and prosperity across the region.”

These phrases may sound pompous, but there genuinely is much truth to them. The agreements signed Tuesday in Washington are a genuine breakthrough in Israel’s 72-year-old struggle to become an accepted member of the region in which it is located. Until........

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