Middle East future unclear despite deals

Sep 16, 2020

Middle East future unclear despite deals

Tokyo (Japan), September 16: Israel has signed historic deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to normalize diplomatic ties, but the documents do not lay out plans to resolve the Palestinian issue.
Representatives from Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed the deals at the White House on Tuesday, along with US President Donald Trump, who brokered the agreements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the day "heralds a new dawn of peace" in the Middle East.
Referring to Israel's standoff with the Palestinians, the Israeli-UAE agreement only says the two sides will make effort to achieve a "just, comprehensive, realistic and enduring" solution to the conflict.
In the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestinians protested the deals between the two Gulf Arab nations and Israel. They shouted and held up signboards opposing normalization of ties as long as Israelis continue occupying Palestinian territory.
The Palestinian Authority issued a statement claiming there can be no peace in the Middle East unless Israel respects the pre-1967 borders and acknowledges the Palestinians' right to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Source: NHK World