The news that the US intends restoring ties with the Palestinian Authority suggests a return to a more traditional approach to peacemaking in the Middle East — one that rejects the Trump administration’s view that US-Palestinian relations hardly matter. This shift makes sense, but it would have a better chance of succeeding if it were combined with parts of former president Donald Trump’s approach to the wider region.

Trump helped bring about warmer relations between Israel and several Arab states — a genuine achievement. Moves by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco to officially normalise relations with Israel will make it easier for others to do the same. The deals have strengthened ties between moderate, pro-American leaders in the region and will encourage trade, travel and technological co-operation. It should also help unify efforts to contain Iran...

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