“Japan's move to recognize Palestinian statehood is in line with its regional neighbors, most of whom also recognize Palestinian statehood. However, we could also understand it as an attempt to break free from the US' domination of the peace process,” added Dr Hawari.
US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital came as no surprise to most Palestinians, for, after all the US' political backing and military funding of Israel is older than the Israeli occupation of Palestine.Read More
“While the present Saudi leadership and its allied Gulf states are clearly keen to formalize their relations with Israel, it is Israel that is driving this ‘deal/ultimatum.’ Between the Trump administration and Gulf fears of Iran, Israel sees the perfect opportunity to ‘legalize’ its occupation,” Al-Shabaka's Nadia Hijab tells Al Bawaba.Read More
Why Trump’s threat to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority and the U.N. agency for Palestine refugees has Israel scrambling.Read More