Quarterly Updates for (16 May 2017 — 15 Aug 2017)

With Trump’s peace initiative stalling, Chinese pres. Xi Jinping signaled a new willingness to enter the Palestinian-Israeli arena. During a joint press conference with PA pres. Abbas in Beijing, Xi pledged (7/18) to “ceaselessly” pursue peace between Israel and the Palestinians and presented a 4-point plan that included a 2-state solution based on the pre-1967 armistice lines and a halt to Israeli settlement growth. During Abbas’s visit, Deputy FM Zhang Ming also told reporters that Beijing planned to host a peace conference for Israel and the Palestinians by the end of 2017.