In the face of Trump administration support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Jewish State, Israel looks to soon annex the Jordan Valley, a long coveted goal of the Zionist dream.
Russia is calling on Israel to prevent regional tensions from escalating, Russian news outlet Izvestia wrote.
According to the Palestinian Embassy in Russia, Abbas turned to Putin with a proposal to convene an international conference in Moscow to hammer out a new mechanism for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Thus, Russia was offered the role of the main mediator in the peace process,” Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
Alexander Shumilin, who heads the Europe-Middle East Center for at RAS Europe Institute told the newspaper, he believes that Abbas’s decision is proactive. “With his dramatic step, which, of course, complicates the situation, he wants to restrain Netanyahu until the annexation already happens. What effect this will have is not clear. I believe that Abbas will be able to somewhat slow down the annexation,” the expert forecasted.
According to Shumilin, the fact that the Trump administration has recently begun to act much more cautiously in the Middle East plays in favor of Abbas. At the same time, the expert noted that Netanyahu is unlikely to abandon his plans, unless he faces overwhelming pressure. “A lot depends on the reaction of Arab countries, primarily Saudi Arabia. Trump is listening to [kingdom’s] opinion,” Shumilin said. Meanwhile, although all Arab countries condemned Netanyahu’s plans, no one suggested any specific measures.
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