Israeli parliament backs UAE normalisation deal

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The administration in turn has been sparing in raising human rights concerns with the Arab allies, including over the killing two years ago of US-based writer Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate.

Qasem Awwad, a spokesman of the Palestinian Authority's Apartheid Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission, said the Israeli confiscation order comes under the pretext of transferring the property of the said land to three natural reservoirs in the area, a pretext that Israel has used sometimes to serve the illegal settlement construction and expansion project.

Ayman Odeh, chairman of the Joint List, said the only deal that would bring peace and prosperity to the region would be a peace agreement creating an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.

The State Department's Office of the Inspector General has said that USA officials did not fully assess the risks that the weapons would pose to civilians, particularly in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia leads an Arab alliance that has been conducting deadly air raids on Houthi rebels. It is also a counterproductive move in light of the positive developments of normalisation agreements reached between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

"We hope Saudi Arabia will consider normalizing its relationships as well". Removing the threat of annexation helps "lay the groundwork" for the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table, the Saudi foreign minister said.

More than 1,000 Israelis were also polled in a separate section.

Conducted by well-known American pollster John Zogby, the poll was carried out earlier this summer before the historic announcement that the UAE and Bahrain were bypassing the long-standing Arab demand of waiting for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal before any Arab country normalized ties with the Jewish state.

Many Arab and Muslim countries want to get close to us, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech.

Kushner has said that Israel could eventually enjoy fully normalized relations with Saudi Arabia. They are changing their attitude toward us.

Covert ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia are believed to have been growing in recent years.

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