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Palestinians To Restart Diplomatic Relations With Israel

Palestinians To Restart Diplomatic Relations With Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a new coronavirus lab at Ben-Gurion International Airport, near Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Ohad Zwigenberg/Pool via AP)

Israel and the Palestinian Authority are set to renew their diplomatic relationship, which is a small victory in one of the most contentious conflicts in the Middle East.

Officials within the Palestinian Authority confirmed Tuesday they had received a letter from the Israeli government promising to abide by all former signed agreements between the two parties.

“In my opinion, this letter, which some would consider what I am saying as an exaggeration, but whoever reads history would understand the importance of this letter,” stated Hussein al-Sheikh, Civil Affairs Minister for the Palestinian Authority. “This is the first letter to be sent in all of (Benjamin) Netanyahu’s era.”

Relations were suspended in May after Israel announced a plan to annex portions of the West Bank.

“There is an historical opportunity that there wasn’t since 1948 to apply sovereignty wisely,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “And as a political step and a sovereign step of the State of Israel in Judea and Samaria, it’s a big opportunity and we won’t let it pass.”