The West Bank: Chaya Tal is one of 430,000 Jewish settlers living among 2.7 million Palestinians. The young German is aware that her presence alone is a provocation for many Palestinians. But that does not deter her.

These days the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain want to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, as the third and fourth Arab countries, after Egypt and Jordan. In return for the agreement, Israel wants to suspend the planned annexation of areas in the occupied West Bank, which the Palestinians claim for their own state.

“Personally, I don’t see a problem in our living here”, says Chaya Tal, “but rather how we live here.” She believes that isolation is not the way out of the decades of confrontation in the region, but that it is by talking to each other. The Palestinian Abu Awwad also sees it this way – despite or perhaps because his brother was shot dead at an Israeli checkpoint. Together with Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger they have come up with an idea to ease the situation on the ground. A report by Theresa Breuer and Vanessa Schlesier.

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