61 Results
  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    In the 2 years since the National Electric Power Company (NEPC) of Jordan 1st signed (9/3/2014) a letter of intent to import natural gas from the international consortium of companies contracted by Israel to develop its offshore Leviathan natural gas field, the proposed deal had been bogged down

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    With his inchoate peace initiative floundering (see JPS 46 [1]), Egyptian pres. al-Sisi disengaged from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this quarter.

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    The following data come from a poll conducted by An-Najah National University’s Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies (OPSSC) on 13–15 October 2016. The results are based on a survey of 1,362 men and women from the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS MISFIRE

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    The overall number of Palestinian and Israeli casualties rose slightly this quarter, following a yearlong trend toward falling casualty rates: 32 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions (up from 23 last quarter), and 2 Israelis were killed as a result of Palestinian actions (down

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    This quarter marked the 1st anniversary of the eruption of violence, or habba (surge or revolt in English), that began in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the Jewish High Holidays in 9/2015.

  • August 16, 2016November 15, 2016

    The surge of violence (habba) that began before the Jewish High Holidays in 9/2015 continues to subside, and this year’s holidays pass without any major incidents. The Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israeli govt.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Two major organizations lent their support to the BDS movement this quarter. On 8/1, the Black Lives Matter movement, a coalition of over 50 antiracism activist groups across the U.S., published its 1st-ever platform of policy positions, including several on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Scandals erupted in the realm of international aid this quarter. In 6/2016, Israeli forces had arrested Mohammad El Halabi, the Gaza director of the Christian charity World Vision.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Leading up to the 40th session of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Comm. in Istanbul on 7/10–20, the Palestinians and Jordanians put forward a res.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    The Palestinian leadership embarked on a new effort this quarter to achieve justice in the international legal system.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    The Middle East Quartet published its long-awaited report on obstacles to the 2-state solution and recommendations for restarting peace negotiations this quarter.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    The Israeli govt. launched a major diplomatic offensive in Africa this quarter that contrasted starkly with its relative isolation in the international community.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Continued Tension with Israel

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Iran was largely uninvolved in the IsraeliPalestinian sphere this quarter. After an Islamic Jihad delegation’s visit to Tehran in 4/2016, Asharq Al Awsat reported (5/25) that Iran intended to resume supporting the group and end 2 years of strained relations.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Along with the apparently growing sectarian rift in the region in recent years, the Israeli govt. under PM Netanyahu has attempted to strengthen ties with the Saudi-led so-called Sunni axis as a counterweight to Shi‘adominated Iran.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Seven mos. after resuming in 11/2015 (see JPS 45 [3]), the Israeli-Turkish reconciliation process culminated in a formal agreement this quarter.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    The Palestinian community’s fate in the ongoing conflict in Syria appeared increasingly precarious this quarter. While humanitarian conditions in Yarmouk r.c. outside Damascus remained dire, renewed fighting nr.

  • May 16, 2016August 15, 2016

    Since taking office in 6/2014, Egyptian pres. al-Sisi has supported Palestinian efforts in international fora, but remained largely removed from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2017

    Continued Tension with Israel

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    For the first time since 9/30/2015, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), the chief policylevel coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinians, held a working meeting in Brussels on 4/19, chaired by Norwegian FM Børge Brende and presided over by European Union foreign policy

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    Turkish-Israeli reconciliation talks, resumed in 11/2015 after over 6 mos. of interruption (see JPS 45 [3]), stalled again this quarter.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    The growing regional rift between the Saudi-led Sunni axis, on the one hand, and Iran and its allies, on the other, put the Palestinians in an increasingly precarious position this quarter, placing a strain on their relationship with Tehran.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    Although UNRWA aid personnel were allowed into certain areas of Damascus at the end of last quarter (see JPS 45 [3]), and a U.S.- Russia–brokered cease-fire went into effect on 2/27, conditions for the Palestinian community in Syria did not improve this quarte

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    After increasing media reports of such transactions, on 3/15, the Jordanian parliament passed a law barring the sale or lease of land to Israeli citizens in and around the ancient city of Petra.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    As the quarter opened, Pres. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s govt. supported the PA’s diplomatic initiatives within international institutions, but its relations with both Israel and Hamas remained strained.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    After mos. of uncertainty, secret negotiations, and public hand-wringing over the Israeli govt.’s nomination of former settler leader Dani Dayan as amb. to Brazil (see JPS 45 [2, 3]), the Israeli govt. relented this quarter. The Brazilian govt.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    In the lead-up to local elections across the UK on 5/5, the Labour Party came under renewed accusations of anti-Semitism after the schism within Labour between the old guard and the new progressive wing over new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s break with the party’s traditional pro-Israel positions

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    There were a few noteworthy UN-related developments this quarter. On 3/24, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved, 32–0, with 15 abstentions, a res.

  • February 16, 2016May 15, 2016

    With most diplomatic initiatives stalled, the Palestinian habba (surge or revolt in English) continued to dominate international and local media.