When both deals are sealed, Abu Dhabi and Manama will be the third and fourth Arab countries to officially recognize Israel. Only don't be too impressed.
Bahrain is basically a stationary Saudi aircraft carrier floating in the Persian Gulf. Riyadh's princely landlords run it like rentier-racketeers: subletting sections to the infidel American Navy's Fifth Fleet (whose website boasts of its "147 tenant [sub]commands"). Cramped below Bahrain's decks – fittingly, in the world's sixth-most densely-populated country – are its majority of second-class Shia citizens, ordered around from above by their Saudi-bribed Sunni betters. Down in the boiler room, one supposes, are its fully 45 percent of non-national (mostly South Asian), residents – who do most of the menial labor and often smacked-around for their troubles.
It's a peculiar place from which to launch phase two of first-son-in-law Jared Kushner's regional tranquility initiative. Yet now Americans are supposed to believe that President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize based upon the combined weight of this past week's deal and a similar agreement brokered with the UAE last month. Fox News host Laura Ingraham says "It's obvious that Trump should get" one. Sorry, Laura: That's some Bahraini bunk!