Yemen will not normalize ties with Israel without Palestinian state

Yemen’s foreign minister Mohammed Al-Hadrami tweeted shortly after Bahrain agreed to sign a peace deal with Israel that his country would not normalize ties with Israel until Palestinians had their own state. (Screenshot: YouTube/File Photo)
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Updated 12 September 2020

Yemen will not normalize ties with Israel without Palestinian state

  • Foreign Minister Mohammed Al-Hadrami tweeted shortly after Bahrain agreed to sign a peace deal with Israel

AL-MUKALLA, Yemen: Yemen’s foreign minister said his country will not normalize relations with Israel until the Palestinians get their own sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital, as envisaged under the Saudi-proposed Arab Peace Initiative.  

Yemen “will always stand by” the Palestinian people “until they achieve their inalienable rights,” Mohammed Al-Hadrami tweeted shortly after Bahrain agreed to sign a peace deal with Israel.

His comments echoed those he made last month after the UAE and Israel announced the normalization of ties. 

Clashes

Fighting subsided on Saturday in the northern Yemeni province of Jouf, a day after the army and allied tribesmen captured two Houthi field commanders and seized a command and communications room, army spokesman Rabia Al-Qurashi told Arab News.

Meanwhile, the Defense Ministry announced on Saturday the killing of 35 Houthis, including four high-ranking field commanders, just outside Houthi-held Sanaa after army troops and coalition warplanes targeted their locations.

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The ministry said loyalists seized a military vehicle and destroyed three others during fighting with Houthis in the areas of Al-Jafra, Al-Saleb and Najeb Al-Ateq.

Coalition warplanes on Saturday launched airstrikes on various military locations in Sanaa, residents told Arab News.

Displacement

Ongoing Houthi military operations in the provinces of Marib, Jouf and Al-Bayda have displaced 2,945 families, the government said.

It added that thousands of families have crossed into the city of Marib — which has enjoyed peace and security since early 2015 — fleeing heavy battles and Houthi incursions into their home cities and villages.

The new arrivals are in desperate need of shelter, food, drinking water and medication, the government said.

Local and international aid and right groups have warned that the Houthi military assault outside the city of Marib will exacerbate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis and displace thousands more people.


No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.