European Union countries condemn Israel's plan to build 5000 settlement units

Monday, 19 Oct, 2020

Against the background of normalization of relations between Israel, UAE, and Bahrain, Israelis and Palestinians should seize this opportunity and take urgent steps to build confidence and restore cooperation along the line of previous agreements and in full respect of global law.

For the U.S. allies, it is a chance to close ranks on Iran more overtly.

Following the signing, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani said in a speech that he hoped for "fruitful bilateral co-operation in every field" between the two nations. It has also drawn anger among Bahrainis at home and overseas.

However, 81% of respondents said they view President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" as either "the most realistic way forward because of the facts on the ground" or "the quickest path to end the violence".

All Israeli settlements are illegal under global law as they are built on occupied land.

"This is an important step in stability in the region, in bring prosperity to all the people in the region and in the countries", added Mnuchin.

Mnuchin said it was "incredible" to be on what was believed to be the first flight by Israel's national carrier El Al to Bahrain.

Yamina MK Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a Knesset plenum session in Jerusalem
Yamina MK Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a Knesset plenum session in Jerusalem

"It's in technology, building various different businesses - and in the case of Bahrain as well, really expanding the opportunities for them quite, quite, quite dramatically".

While speaking to reporters on Sunday, delegates stated they were excited to travel to Bahrain. Manama has said the deal protects its interests from Iran.

The US has also pressured Sudan to normalize ties with Israel by offering to remove the former from US terror list in return.

Mnuchin and the other U.S. officials travel on Monday to the UAE, where the accord with Israel has uncorked bilateral commerce.

The Israeli delegation was slated to fly back to Tel Aviv later Sunday, while the Americans will head to the UAE before flying to Israel on Tuesday.

Such moves undermine the prospect of achieving a viable two-State solution by systematically eroding the possibility of establishing a contiguous and independent Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel.

The United States is trying to persuade more Gulf countries to strike similar accords with Israel, as the UAE and Bahrain did at the September 15 ceremony in Washington. The suspension of plans to annex parts of Occupied Palestinian Territories must become permanent.