UAE leaders argue that engagement with Israel will improve the chances of achieving an acceptable peace settlement and ending the occupation in Palestinian claimed lands.
For Daoud Kuttab's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The U.S. president's peace plan is a shameless ploy to violate international law, Palestinian human rights and basic principles of fairness.
Israelis are being given choice between war and more war, between occupation and more occupation, even if the candidates avoid using those terms.
Successful negotiations will require a nuanced approach that respects the sensibilities and aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Attempting to ram a solution down Palestinians' throats will only increase the likelihood of even more violence.
The two-state solution is dead, and Israel's acknowledgement of this will reinvigorate the struggle for Palestinian political rights in a single state.
Hopes that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will deal fairly with the Middle East are likely misplaced.
France deserves applause for its brave effort to revive the Middle East peace process, but success will require more than courage.
The way that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finagled his decisive electoral victory will have serious political and diplomatic consequences for Israel.
The tremendous sympathy and support Palestinians received from international observers because of the high price they paid during their 51-day war with Israel will be useless if the leaders of Hamas and Fatah fail to maintain a united front.