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Has Jared Kushner Turned his Back on the Palestinians?

As the White House announces a historic deal between Israel and the UAE, Ian Bremmer talks to the chief architect of the Middle East strategy for President Trump—his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In the conversation, Bremmer challenges Kushner's assertion that the US is trying to give the Palestinians a fair offer and asks if Arab nations have walked away from the Israel/Palestine conflict. As in January, Kushner continues to insist that Palestine has a "fair" and "great" offer for peace, saying: "this deal may be the last opportunity [the Palestinians will] ever have."

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Israel & UAE normalize relations: is Middle East peace to come?

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer examines the recent diplomatic breakthrough in the Middle East as the UAE becomes only the third Arab nation to normalize relations with Israel. The deal comes at a moment when both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump are both politically vulnerable following widespread criticism of mishandling of COVID-19 pandemic response. The man in the middle of both stories is a right hand to President Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Quick Take: Normalizing Israel & UAE Relations

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

You may have seen the big news, that the United States facilitating normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, one of the Gulf monarchies. It is a real change in the way we think about the geopolitics of the Middle East. And it just shows how much times have changed.

If you go around the Middle East and ask Arab leaders what their priorities are, they'll tell you Iran, they'll tell you ISIS, al-Qaida, they'll tell you Syria, and Libya, they'll tell you Yemen, they'll tell you domestic instability, but they will not say Israel-Palestine. And that is so different than five, 10, 20 years ago when no willingness to talk to the Israelis unless you actually had some sort of successful peace negotiations between the two. Well, what's happening is the common enemy of Iran is becoming more important, the Palestinians are becoming less important, poorly governed, less powerful, and their former erstwhile friends and supporters are saying, "eh, we've got other priorities."

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Israeli PM Netanyahu Seeks Record 5th Term: World in 60 Seconds

Can Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win a record fifth term?

It looks pretty likely especially because his opponent Gantz has done a pretty bad job over the last few weeks. Lots of internal flubs and mishandling and he's way ahead in the polls at this point. But if Netanyahu ends up getting indicted, if those indictments come down, decent chance he's going to have to resign in the near term.

Will the EU approve another Brexit delay?

Almost certainly they will. Question is how long that delay will be and how flexible that delay will be? Ultimately, they're pushing the Brits hard to pretend that they won't because they want a faster deal. But given that's not going to happen they ultimately don't want to see a crash out with no deal.

Is Iran's IRGC really a terrorist organization?

Well, I mean, sure in the sense that they fund and support terrorist organizations that attack civilians across the Middle East, and occasionally more broadly, but they're already deeply sanctioned by the United States which means that designating them terrorist organization doesn't have an awful lot of impact on the relations with the United States, or more broadly, the Iranians will complain they won't do anything.

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Netanyahu Comes to Washington: World in 60 Seconds

Netanyahu meets with Trump but will political scandal in Israel overshadow his trip?

It's World in 60 Seconds with Ian Bremmer!

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