Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Middle East Rapprochement

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Talking is good, but how much should expectations and hopes be raised now that Middle East rivals are talking without necessarily putting a pause on their disputes? 

Friday saw the unveiling of a new “public display of diplomacy” in the broader region when an aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman tweeted a picture of three political heavyweights hanging out at the Red Sea in what appeared to be swimming trunks. 

Smiling in the picture were Mohamed bin Salman, or MbS, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia; Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the national security adviser of the United Arab…

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