UN chief: Israel deals opportunity for 2-state solution


Recently inked normalization deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab states pose a chance for headway on achieving a two-state solution, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday.


The agreements, which have faced widespread opposition from Palestinian leaders, have delayed Israel's planned annexation of huge swaths of the occupied geographic area, which Guterres said was a "very important result."


If Israel moved forward with annexation in contravention of law, Guterres maintained it'd have undermined prospects for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which the UN says is that the only tangible solution.


"The annexation was suspended, and that we believe it'sthe instantwithin whichit's important that Palestinians and Israelis restart their dialogue so asto seek out a political solution in-line with what are the safety Council resolutions and therefore the different," Guterres said told reporters at the UN's the big apple headquarters.


"I believe, that independently of the opinions which may exist about the agreement, it'd be vital for Palestinians and Israelis to interact in direct negotiations for peace within theMiddle East,” he added.


Israel formally signed agreements to completely open diplomatic relations with Bahrain and therefore the United Arab Emirates during a White House ceremony presided over by US President Donald Trump.


Bahrain became the fourth Arab country to determine diplomatic relations with Israel last week after Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994 and therefore the UAE in August.


The deals have drawn widespread condemnation from Palestinians who say such agreements don't serve the Palestinian cause and ignore their rights.


The Palestinian Authority maintains any house Israel should be supported the 2002 Arab opening on the principle of "land for peace."


Palestinians staged a series of rallies Tuesday within theWest Bank and geographical area against the controversial agreements.

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