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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his address to the UN General Assembly called for an international peace conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be held immediately after the U.S. presidential election.

Why it matters: Abbas has cut off all contacts with President Trump's White House, but hopes Joe Biden will win the election and shift U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict back to where it was during the Obama administration.

In his pre-recorded speech on Friday, Abbas criticized Trump's plan for the conflict and said it gives Israel a green light to annex one-third of the West Bank (the plan envisions Israeli annexation of 30% of the West Bank, along with land swaps in which the Palestinians gain control of a smaller amount of territory within Israel).

  • Abbas also criticized Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for normalizing relations with Israel and said both countries violated the Arab Peace Initiative. That plan conditions normalization on the establishment of a Palestinian state.

What’s next: Although Abbas is counting on a Biden victory on November 3rd, some Palestinian officials have warned him that if the result goes the other way, he'll have to change his boycott policy — instituted after Trump announced he was moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem — and reengage with Trump in his second term.

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The only Trump foreign policy Biden wants to keep

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Joe Biden disagrees with most of President Trump's foreign policy initiatives, but several of his advisers tell Axios that there is one he plans to keep: the Abraham Accords.

Why it matters: Continuing to push the Abraham Accords — the biblical branding the administration has given to the individual normalization agreements between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — could help Biden build positive relationships with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other leaders in the Persian Gulf.

Aug 13, 2020 - World

Behind the scenes: How the Israel-UAE deal came together

Trump, Kushner and Netanyahu (L-R). Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty

The breakthrough in talks between the U.S., Israel and UAE on a normalization deal came two months ago, White House officials tell me.

Behind the scenes: Talks had been ongoing for more than a year, but they gained new urgency ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's July 1 deadline to move ahead on West Bank annexations.

Nov 3, 2019 - World

Report finds uptick in "anti-Israel" activity on college campuses

Students protest the visit of Danny Danon, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations who was invited to give a lecture at Columbia University, New York City, Feb. 13, 2017. Photo: Mohammed Elshamy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

American students ran at least 28 campaigns during the 2018–19 academic year to protest the Israeli government and encourage boycotts of Israeli companies and institutions, according to a group that has been monitoring such activity on U.S. campuses since 2011.

The big picture: That's an uptick in "anti-Israel" activity on American college campuses from the levels recorded over the past two years. But it's down from a peak of 44 campaigns in the 2014–15 academic year, per the 2019 Campus Trends Report published by the Israel on Campus Coalition, a group that supports Israel.