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Oman's new embassy in Palestine

Oman is seeking to de-escalate Israeli-Palestinian tensions and move toward a form of normalized relations with Israel — but not at the expense of its support for an independent Palestinian state, writes fellow Kristian Coates-Ulrichsen of Oman's plans to open an embassy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Middle East Institute: https://bit.ly/2KD1kGs