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Will Israel's Shift Right Slow the Warming With Its Arab Neighbors?

May 8, 2019 | 09:00 GMT
Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, second from left, stands during the opening ceremony of the IRU World Congress, a regional transportation conference, in Muscat, Oman, on Nov. 7, 2018.

Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, second from left, attends a 2018 regional transportation conference in Muscat, Oman. Many Gulf Arab states have reached out to Israel in recent years; the election of a new right-wing Israeli government will test those relations.

(MOHAMMED MAHJOUB/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing government will likely make a return to power this month or next -- and, in doing so, will test the Gulf Arab states that until now have been pivoting toward closer relations with Israel. As this new nationalist government pursues policies that challenge traditional Gulf interests, those relations will be questioned....

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