Israel has decided to establish relations with the Gulf Arab states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, but Prime Minister Netanyahu has no plans to start peace talks with the Palestinians.

Israel’s recent decision to establish diplomatic and trade relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, mediated by the United States, will soon be put into practice at a formal ceremony in Washington, chaired by US President Donald Trump.

But contrary to Israel’s efforts to establish ties with Arab states, it does not want any peace talks with the Palestinians, even though the Palestinians are the other side in the decades-old Middle East conflict with Israel.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid is considered a moderate leader in Israeli politics. He welcomed the establishment of relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, but said that Israel should also start talks with the Palestinians.

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