News 2021



Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran,

Israel and US begin Arrow-4 development



Jerusalem Post

Bahrain FM Mourns Victims of Holocaust

Bahrain mourns the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust and stands in solidarity with survivors, Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani wrote to his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In a rare gesture from a senior official of an Arab state, Al-Zayani wrote that the day “stands as a solemn memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and an enduring reminder of the need to uphold our universal commitment to rejecting all forms of antisemitism and hatred, so that our world may never again witness such an atrocity.” Al-Zayani called the Holocaust an “abhorrent crime against humanity,” and said Bahrain “stands in solidarity with the survivors and their families.” The Bahraini foreign minister pointed to his country’s Jewish community of about 50 people and said that Bahrain is committed to multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue. Dig Deeper ‘‘Erdan Calls on UN to Fight Threats for Jews: Antisemitism and Iran’’ (Jerusalem Post)



I24 News

Biden Admin to Seek 2-State Solution Despite Skepticism

US President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be secretary of state, Antony Blinken, threw his support behind a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but said he doubted near-term prospects for such a deal. “The only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution,” Blinken said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But he added: “I think realistically it’s hard to see near-term prospects for moving forward on that.” Dig Deeper ‘‘Arab League Chief Hoping Biden Will Reverse Trump’s Middle East Policies’’ (Israel Hayom)


PM Olmert-My Quest for Peace


Mahmoud Abbas announces first Palestinian elections in 15 years

14 January 2021


UAE Signs Joint Defense Agreement with Cyprus

The UAE and Cyprus signed a defense cooperation agreement in the latest partnership between the Gulf country and a Mediterranean country. UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi signed the agreement during a videoconference with Cyprus’ Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides. The agreement includes proposals for future joint training exercises and operational cooperation. Petrides lauded the deal as inaugurating a strategic relationship between the two countries’ militaries, according to the Associated Press. The deal is the latest sign the UAE is capitalizing on its common cause with Mediterranean nations opposed to Turkey’s policies in the region. Cyprus currently has close military ties with Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Amid tensions between Greece and Turkey last year, the UAE offered F-16s to partake in joint exercises off Crete with Cypriot, Greek and French military personnel. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed later penned a strategic partnership with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in November, allowing the two countries to station forces on each other’s territory and share intelligence. See also ‘‘How Capitol Hill Riots Will Complicate Turkey-US Ties’’ (Al-Monitor)

7 January 2021
Sudan officially joins Abraham Accords to normalize Israel ties

Sudan became the third of four countries to agree to sign on to the Trump administration-brokered accords, following the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and before Morocco.