253 Results
  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Although it suffered a setback last quarter with the indefinite postponement of the AfricaIsrael Summit (see JPS 47 [2]), Netanyahu’s diplomatic outreach campaign on the continent proceeded apace.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Days after Trump’s 12/6 recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Netanyahu left Israel for Europe where he was scheduled to meet with Macron and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. “I will not accept a double standard from them,” he told reporters.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    With presidential elections approaching in 3/2018, Egypt was increasingly focused on domestic politics this quarter. Egyptian involvement in the Palestinian reconciliation process and the U.S.-led effort to restart Palestinian-Israeli peace talks consequently diminished.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Tensions were on the rise along the Israeli-Lebanese border this quarter, with the Israeli government increasingly concerned about alleged Iranian influence in Lebanon and the Lebanese government highlighting Israel’s encroachment on its territory.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    After months of tension and uncertainty following the 7/23 killing of two Jordanians at the hands of an Israeli Embassy security guard and the subsequent recall of the Israeli Embassy staff from Amman (see JPS 47 [1] and [2]), the Israeli government t

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Ongoing Iranian involvement in the Syrian civil war stoked tensions with Israel, testing the uneasy cease-fire in southern Syria that the United States and Russia brokered in the summer of 2017 (see JPS 47 [1] and [2]).

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    The controversy over Lebanese prime minister Hariri’s mysterious resignation on 11/4, and its subsequent withdrawal, came to an uneventful conclusion this quarter.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Fueled by pent-up economic and political dissatisfaction, a wave of popular protests swept Iran at the end of 2017.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    There was one notable development in the Israeli-Saudi relationship this quarter.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    Qatar, still subject to a Saudi-United Arab Emirates boycott (see JPS 47 [1] and [2]), made inroads with the U.S. pro-Israel community this quarter. Following visits from prominent U.S.

  • November 16, 2017February 15, 2018

    David Friedman, Ambassador to Israel

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    After mos. of prevarication on the fate of the 7/14/2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Trump took his first major step to abandon the Iran nuclear deal this quarter.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Regional events figure heavily in developments this quarter as the Saudi Arabian crown prince steps out of the shadows of secret meetings with Israeli and U.S.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Internal Lebanese politics became the focal point of longstanding regional tensions at the end of the quarter (see “Regional Affairs” below).

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The Israeli govt.’s discontent with last quarter’s U.S- and Russia-backed cease-fire in southwestern Syria, which went into effect on 7/9 (see JPS 47 [1]), persisted throughout the quarter.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Neither the Israeli nor the Jordanian govt. made any effort to restore diplomatic relations after an Israeli security guard killed 2 Jordanians on 7/23 and the Israeli govt.’s subsequent recall of its embassy staff from Amman.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The Egyptian govt., particularly its intelligence apparatus, was instrumental in brokering the new Palestinian reconciliation agreement. Dir.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The following data come from a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) between 9/14–16/2017. The results are based on a survey of 1,270 Palestinians from the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    “HISTORIC COMPROMISE”

     

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    After the flare-up of violence surrounding new Israeli security measures at Haram al-Sharif last quarter, Israeli-Palestinian violence returned to pre-crisis levels. As a result, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli actions this quarter fell to 21, down from 38.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    U.S. pres. Donald Trump continued work on a peace initiative this quarter, without any resolution to lingering uncertainties on key issues (e.g., whether the U.S. should move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; see JPS 46 [4] and 47 [1]).

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The Turkish-Israeli rapprochement, which was sealed with the 2 countries’ 6/27/2016 agreement to normalize relations (see JPS 46 [1]), suffered a setback this quarter because of the 9/25 Kurdish independence referendum.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Amid the shifting regional dynamics, there were signs that Bahrain was ready to normalize its relationship with Israel.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    UNHRC

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Boycott

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The Ad Hoc Liaison Comm., the main policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinians, convened on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York on 9/18. Hosted by UN undersecy.- gen.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Netanyahu’s outreach efforts on the African continent suffered a setback this quarter. On 9/11, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Africa-Israel Summit, which in many ways was the culmination of Netanyahu’s diplomatic campaign, had been indefinitely postponed.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Following persistent reports of Israeli forces confiscating EU-funded construction materials and demolishing EU-supported infrastructure projects in the West Bank, 8 European govts. signed onto a letter demanding that the Israeli govt. pay them more than €30,000 (approx.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Despite Israeli and U.S. pressure to delay or suspend the vote, Interpol’s general assembly approved Palestine’s petition for full membership on 9/27, with 75 mbr. states in favor, 24 against, and 34 abstaining.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    International soccer’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), delivered its final ruling on the Palestinian attempt to get Israel suspended from international competition this quarter.

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    Trump’s Ambassador on Settlements

  • August 16, 2017November 15, 2017

    The growing rift between Iran and its growing sphere of influence, on the one hand, and the Saudi-led so-called Sunni axis, on the other, escalated further this quarter, with unresolved tensions over the previous quarter’s Saudi-led boycott of Qatar, which had repercussions as far away as Lebanon

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Boycott

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    There were only a handful of announcements of new international aid for the Palestinians this quarter.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    The flare-up of violence in response to the new Israeli security measures at Haram al-Sharif in 7/2017 led to the first significant quarterly increase in the number of Palestinian and Israeli casualties in over a year.