International Relations

Bahrain Normalizes Relations with Israel

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The small gulf state of Bahrain recently became only the fourth  Arab country to normalize its relationship with Israel. Bahrain joins the United Arab Emirates, who in August declared they would formally establish full diplomatic ties with the state of Israel. The news marks a significant win for the Trump administration and for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who believe that this move will help isolate Iran.

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  • Writing:  Explain the significance of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recognizing Israel.
  • Debate: The United States should involve itself in the region to help prevent and thwart Iranian power.
  • Poll:  Will these diplomatic breakthroughs lead to peace and security?
  • Short Answer: What are the ramifications if more Arab states recognize Israel?

Current events quiz:

1) All the following are true EXCEPT?

a. Saudi Arabia recognizes Israel and did so after Jordan in 1995.
b. Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel.
c. Two Arab countries in 2020 said they will recognize Israel.
d. Before the 21st century there were only two Arab countries that recognized Israel.

2) Which country does the United States, Israel, and many Arab countries in the region want to counter and possibly form a coalition against?

a. Iraq
b. Iran
c. Oman
d. Afghanistan

3) What is one of the reasons why some in the Arab world have a negative view towards Israel?

a. The close relationship between China and Israel
b. The vast amount of oil found within Israel
c. The policies Israel has towards the Palestinians
d. The democratic institutions found within Israel

4) Most Arab countries now recognize Israel. (T/F)

5) Many experts believe that it is inevitable more Arab states in the coming future will soon recognize Israel. (T/F)

6) Most people in the Arab world are happy with the decisions of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to recognize Israel. (T/F)


1) A

2) B

3) C

4) False

5) True

6) False


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