Can Israel blast Gaza and still make friends in the Gulf?

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By Marwa Rashad and Ghaida Ghantous DUBAI (Reuters) – Scenes of devastation in Gaza are likely to make it harder for Israel to win its biggest diplomatic prize: recognition by Saudi Arabia. But so far, the other rich Gulf states that invested in opening ties with Israel last year are showing no public sign of second thoughts. Arab officials have come together to condemn what they describe as flagrant Israeli violations during the past two weeks, from Israeli police action around Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque to deadly air strikes on the Gaza Strip. But in the United Arab Emirates, which along wit…

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