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US, Arab partners raise the stakes for Israel in post-war Gaza

A Palestinian state may again be the price for Saudi normalization. 
 A view of Israeli troops along Israel's southern border with Gaza on Dec. 22, 2023 in southern Israel.

Palestinian Authority gets another lifeline 

There is a back-to-the-future feel about discussions of the "day after" the Israel-Hamas war. 

If Israel wants to pick up the pieces of the Abraham Accords, and the prospect of normalization with Saudi Arabia, the price appears to be a Palestinian state under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority. 

That was the deal before the Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7 — and it remains the deal for the day after in Gaza, this time with even greater urgency. 

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