Last monght’s Bahrain gathering where US President Donald Trump’s so-called “Deal of the Century” was finally unveiled might not have been the major peace summit for which some had hoped, but it did mark a significant shift in Middle East peacemaking. The Palestinian Authority rejected the deal before even reading its contents, and refused to participate in the conference. Some Palestinian businessmen did travel to Bahrain, but found themselves in hot water after returning home for the crime of meeting with the Israeli representatives present there. The Palestinian leadership no doubt hoped that its hard-line position would obligate, or at…
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