Their financial situation deteriorated amid the coronavirus pandemic, but also during a period when normalization agreements were being negotiated between several Gulf states and Israel.
A potential third Israel-Arab state accord comes following the recent normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
As the normalization train moves forward, the most pressing question is when, not if, another country jumps aboard.
The phone call, which took place during the coronavirus cabinet meeting, was about possible ways of cooperation between Israel and Bahrain.
Sporadic street protests have broken out in Bahrain since it signed the accord with Israel earlier this month.
If Sudan's's requests for economic aid are met, it could take only days to announce a normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel.
Last year, we hadn’t heard of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus; this year, there was no escape.
"Soon we will develop new equations that may reach joint military action," said Nakhalah, stressing that there is "no binding truce."
The Palestinians have a right to be angry – but that anger should be directed at their leaders.