Israel and UAE officials exchange greetings, Abu Dhabi, September 1, 2020

The leaders of UAE, Bahrain, and Israel will join Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday for a photo opportunity, with each side — for domestic and regional reasons — promoting “roadmaps” to diplomatic recognition.

I joined TRT World on Tuesday to cut through the spin and get to the significance of the political maneuvers: the Israeli, UAE, and Bahraini leaders all facing domestic challenges and needing a headline “victory”; the three countries — and Saudi Arabia behind them — all seeing Turkey and Iran as threats; and the Palestinian people being cast aside once again.

What’s publicly unthinkable has privately been called diplomacy and power plays for years.

Israel, Bahrain and the UAE are set to sign a historic peace deal at the White House. from Maria Ramos on Vimeo.