Trump Presides Over Historic Signing of Peace Deals; PA Withdraws its Chairmanship of Arab League

U.S. President Donald Trump presided over the signing of two historic peace deals between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain on September 15, 2020. The signings took place at the White House and normalized relations between the two Arab gulf states and Israel. At the signing, Trump declared the “dawn of a new Middle East.” Reported by Fox News. Read more…

Trump’s son-in-law and chief advisor Jared Kushner said he is “very confident” the two deals make a deal with the Palestinians more likely. “The moves yesterday were the first peace breakthroughs in the Middle East in 26 years,” Kushner said, “I am very confident that that will make it more likely that there will be a resolution with the Palestinians in a fair way at a time people are ready to make peace.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, in a video message to the U.N. General Assembly, said “The Palestine Liberation Organization has not given a mandate to anyone to speak or negotiate on behalf of the Palestinian people.” He further stated that the only path to peace was a Palestinian state along the lines of the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital. Reported by Fox News. Read more…

The Palestinian Authority is reportedly reconsidering its ties to the Arab League. PA Prime Ministry Mohammad Shtayyeh called the agreements “a dark day in the history of the Arab nation and a defeat for the Arab League.” Reported by Fox News. Read more… The PA ultimately decided not to withdraw from the Arab League, but did relinquish is chairmanship position. “I inform you today that the State of Palestine is relinquishing its chairmanship in this accursed round of meetings,” PA Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki said in a statement. “Palestine refuses to record in its history that it presided over the moral degeneracy that was revealed in the last meeting…and the normalization steps that followed it, which were in essence a rejection of the work we did between the walls of the Arab League.” The PA would have continued to chair meetings for another six months had it not given up the chairmanship. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…