The Bahrain Conference, June 2019

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Known for his memorable aphorisms, Abba Eban, the quick-witted and silver-tongued Israeli diplomat, famously remarked, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” 

The context for this quip was at the Geneva Conference in December 1973, but was it accurate then and is it relevant now?  

It should be noted that many academics like Neil Caplan, Elie Podeh and others argue that the “missed opportunities” or the “blame-game” approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict is incomplete and simplistic. 

While I ...

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