How COVID – and Israel’s Trump-brokered Lovefest With Arab States – Are Affecting Palestinians

Cascading normalization agreements, the emergence of yet another right-wing force in Israeli politics, and more coronavirus: 2021 does not look good for the Palestinians. Listen to Amira Hass and Dahlia Scheindlin

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Palestinians protest normalization agreements between Israel and the Gulf states of the UAE and Bahrain, Ramallah, September 15, 2020.
Palestinians protest normalization agreements between Israel and the Gulf states of the UAE and Bahrain, Ramallah, September 15, 2020.Credit: Majdi Mohammed / AP
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Host Allison Kaplan Sommer is joined by Amira Hass and Dahlia Scheindlin to talk about the Trump-brokered normalization agreement between Israel and Morocco, the spread of COVID-19 in the West Bank and Gaza, and the latest bombshell in Israeli politics.

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How COVID – and Israel’s Trump-brokered lovefest with Arab states – are affecting PalestiniansCredit: Haaretz

We ask: How do the Palestinians - and their leaders - feel about Israel’s ongoing series of agreements with Morocco and other Arab states? Has the coronavirus improved or worsened the Israeli military’s treatment of Palestinians?

We talk about whether Benjamin Netanyahu’s new challenge on the political right is removing the Palestinian issue from Israeli political discourse completely. Also discussed: Will the Palestinian Authority will ever hold elections? And can the incoming Biden administration even contemplate engaging with Israeli-Palestinian peace, with both sides in political disarray?

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