Israel and the United Arab Emirates look set to establish full normalization of relations. And, despite weeks of heavy rains and flooding that destroyed thousands of homes and buildings and even threatened a nuclear reactor, North Korea has rejected aid from the international community. Also, Spain has decided to shut nightclubs and ban outdoor smoking in an attempt to tamp down a resurgence of cases of the coronavirus in Western Europe.
President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met to discuss peace, but their differences remain stark. Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, joins us to discuss the hurdles to peace in the Middle East.
Martin Indyk, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, believes that President Obama needs to renew his relationship with Saudi Arabia — and guide King Abdullah toward a more open government.
Thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel and the U.S. have been published by the Guardian and Al Jazeera. Ian Black and Martin Indyk discuss.
Thirty years ago today Egypt and Israel brokered a historic peace treaty, ending three decades of war. Joining us to mark this moment, and to assess Middle-East peace in the 21st century is Martin Indyk of the Brookings Institution.