The United States is restoring relations with Palestinians

Cheryl Sanders
January 27, 2021

At last year's annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Abbas - who had rejected a peace plan advanced by then USA president Donald Trump - said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needed to be resolved on the basis of global law, and under conditions agreed by the worldwide community. Food and medical aid initiatives, as well as educational programmes suffered, among other humanitarian efforts.

Then-Vice President Biden, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Ramallah, Israeli-occupied West Bank, in 2016. "The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians may not be the major fault line in the Middle East, but its resolution nevertheless would significantly benefit the region as a whole", Mills said.

The Biden administration plans to re-open Palestinian diplomatic missions that were shuttered under former President Donald Trump and restore United States aid to Palestine, the acting U.S. ambassador to the UN has announced.

Mills said the United States hopes to start working to slowly build confidence on both sides to create an environment to reach a two-state solution. "Under the Biden administration, the United States will continue its long-standing policy of opposing one-sided resolutions and other actions in global bodies that unfairly single out Israel", Mills said. And he said the U.S.

Washington would also seek to prevent any unilateral action from either side, be it annexation of lands or incitement of violence.

He added that the Biden administration would oppose one-sided or biased resolutions that single out Israel in worldwide forums.

Mills acknowledged relations between the two sides are "at a nadir".

What's next: Mills said Biden welcomes the normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries but doesn't see them as a substitute for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Israel accelerated settlement construction under Trump, whose administration did not criticise settlement announcements and in 2018 said it did not consider settlements illegal under worldwide law. His dual role comes at a time of increased skepticism about Israeli policies among many Democrats; at the same time, Biden has a long record of support for Israel.

Malki called for revival of the Quartet of Mideast mediators - the U.S., U.N., European Union and Russian Federation - and reiterated Abbas' call for an global peace conference "that can signal a turning point in this conflict".

In support of Abbas' call for an worldwide conference, Lavrov proposed holding a ministerial meeting this spring or summer with the Quartet and Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain as well as Saudi Arabia to analyze the current situation and assist "in launching a dialogue" between Israeli's and Palestinians.

The move came as the State Department accused the PLO of failing to make any headway in holding peace talks with Israel and rejecting the Middle East peace plan by the Trump administration.

But Israel's U.N. Ambassador Gilad Erdan told the council that instead of focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it should focus on Iran, which "does not try to hide its intention of destroying the world's only Jewish state".

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