PALESTINIANS – Palestinians trying to dig themselves out of isolation (Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor)

It seems Palestinians are trying to get out of international and Arab isolation by taking a series of measures, including restoring ties with Israel and returning their ambassadors to the UAE and Bahrain, in anticipation of the Joe Biden administration’s arrival into office.

USA/PALESTINIANS – What Biden Owes the Palestinians (Daoud Kuttab, Project-Syndicate)

Contrary to popular belief, a permanent settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict is not a lost cause. But it will require courageous and resolute US leadership. Whether President-elect Joe Biden will provide that remains to be seen, but pledging to ensure that Israel immediately halts settlement construction in the occupied territories would be a good start.