We know Arab states are under pressure to normalize Israel’s violent occupation. But they should challenge that bullying - and back Palestinian rights
In May 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it was up to Israel whether to annex parts of the West Bank and said that Washington would offer its views privately to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, drawing a warning from Palestinians who vowed not to "stand handcuffed" if Israel formally took their land.
"As for the annexation of the West Bank, the Israelis will ultimately make those decisions," Pompeo told reporters. "That’s an Israeli decision. And we will work closely with them to share with them our views of this in (a) private setting."
Netanyahu's new coalition agreement, signed in May 2020, says that while the new government will strive for peace and regional stability, plans to extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank - land the Palestinians seek for a state - could advance.
The move would mean a de-facto annexation of territory that Israel seized in a 1967 war and that is presently under Israeli military control. It would have to be greenlighted by the United States, after which Netanyahu would be permitted to advance the plans from July 1, the agreement says.
The joint interests of Israel, the U.S. and its Gulf allies proved stronger than the ideology of the Greater Land of Israel
When Israelis gather around their holiday tables on Friday during the lockdown, without their loved ones, a selfie in front of the UAE’s royal palace won’t be the first thing on their minds
Today, at the White House, the Middle East crosses a point of no return on normalization with Israel. Why didn’t Palestinian leaders put up a better fight?
Kushner's comments come ahead of the signing ceremony for the UAE-Israel normalization deal, to take place at the White House next week
National Security Adviser O'Brien says the White House is 'committed to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine,' after harsh criticism from Palestinians over Trump's Mideast proposal and Israel-UAE deal
Except for the questions about annexation and Kushner’s call to return to negotiating table, the absent-present entity in delegation visiting Abu Dhabi was, as usual, the Palestinians
'We remain with the Arab consensus,' Jamal Al Musharakh says, as the first Israeli delegation holds talks in Abu Dhabi
With Annexation Suspended, EU States Propose Reinstating Israel Association Council After Eight Years
Proposal to renew high-profile meetings, stopped due to political tensions over EU policy on settlements, was discussed during Israeli foreign minister's Germany visit, as Europeans hope to seize opportunity afforded by UAE deal
Border Police say activist had assaulted officers and barricaded himself in one of the structures erected in the outpost after being repeatedly evacuated
Speaking alongside his German counterpart in Berlin, Ashkenazi argues UAE agreements shows 'only through dialogue can we make progress,' as Pompeo discusses 'regional peace' with Omani leader
Rumors say Dahlan, adviser to UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, acted as middleman. He is also a favorite of the Israelis and the Americans, who are planning to crown him the next Palestinian leader
Netanyahu always denied not only the real existence of the Palestinians as a separate nation, but also the existence of a problem for Israel in the existence of millions of Palestinians under its rule
Near-universal cheers for the Israel-UAE agreement show that for right-wing American Jews, keeping Trump in the White House is more important than the settlements
Senior Trump advisor calls on Palestinians to return to negotiating table now that annexation has been postponed
Aside from signaling despair and isolation to Palestinians – and consequently endangering Israel’s security – the UAE-Israel agreement is far worse than previous Arab-Israeli peace treaties
Opposition leader Netanyahu would have torn the prime minister to shreds for abandoning annexation in exchange for breakthrough deal with UAE. Now he is afraid of facing that same kind of criticism from his own base
As Palestinians rage and the world shrugs its shoulders, Israel and the UAE forge ahead with an agreement based on business, security and a common enemy
The UAE-Israel deal is great news for the United States. This is how the Emiratis, and Jared Kushner, helped Netanyahu climb down from his annexation talk – and how Israel won an outsized diplomatic payoff
Stopping Annexation Was Our Main Concern: Top UAE Official Hails 'Historic' Israel Deal in Haaretz Interview
Hend Al Otaiba, Director of Strategic Communication at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, plays down possibility of an embassy located in Jerusalem and expresses hope the deal with Israel will lead to a just settlement with the Palestinians
Israel and United States court additional states, including Bahrain and Oman, to join talks ■ White House hoping for formal signing ceremony in Washington by September
The UAE deal is historic – and at home, Netanyahu made sure only he could take the credit
In the coming weeks, the two states are expected to announce a string of partnerships, as deals on the sidelines of the peace agreement start to take shape
Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa described the agreement as a 'historic step for peace,' and according to the White House is next to normalize relations with Israel