253 Results
  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    U.S. pres. Donald Trump attempted to advance his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative this quarter, traveling to the region on his first major international trip as president. While both the Israeli govt.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    The following data come from a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) between 6/29–7/1/2017. The results are based on a survey of 1,200 Palestinians from the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Cairo was in a unique position this quarter at the nexus of otherwise marginally related trends. On the one hand, Pres.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Jordan played a key role in the crisis at Haram al-Sharif in 7/2017.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    The IDF continued to interfere in the Syrian civil war this quarter, particularly during one significantly violent week in late 6/2017.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Persistent tensions along the Israel-Lebanon border led to a minor diplomatic conflict in late-6/2017. The dir. of Israel’s military intelligence, Maj. Gen.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Kicking off his first international trip as U.S. president, Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia on 5/20–22. He met with King Salman and the leaders of various other Arab states, called on “Muslim nations” to “take on the burden” of defeating terrorism, and signed an agreement to sell $110 b.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Iranian pres. Hassan Rouhani was elected to a second term on 5/19, winning 58.6% of the vote in what many saw as a referendum on his reformist platform and Iran’s 7/14/2015 nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the U.S., UK, China, Russia, France, and Germany).

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Israel and New Zealand restored diplomatic relations this quarter, ending their mos.-long conflict over Wellington’s support for UN Security Council Resolution 2334 in 12/2016 (see JPS 46 [2]).

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    DISCORD AND STRIFE

  • 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

    Israeli PM Netanyahu continued his outreach efforts in Africa this quarter. On the sidelines of an Economic Community of West African States summit in Liberia on 6/4, he met with Senegalese pres. Macky Sall, and they agreed to resume full diplomatic relations.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Boycott

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 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.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    The U.S. and Israel mobilized against 2 Palestinian-backed measures at the annual meeting of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Comm., which took place in Kraków, Poland, on 7/2–12. Despite their efforts, the comm.

  • May 16, 2017August 15, 2017

    Intelligence Breakdown

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Marking the latest EU-Israeli conflict over Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property, the EU’s Amb. to Israel Lars FaaborgAndersen had a reportedly tense meeting with the new dir.-gen. of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, Yuval Rotem, in late 3/2017.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    The Israeli cabinet approved (4/23) a major 1/2017 deal with China to provide 6,000 laborers to fill an unmet demand for construction workers in Israel.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    On 4/3, PA pres. Abbas called on the UK govt. to offer incoming Palestinian rep. Maen Areikat the same diplomatic status as his predecessor, Manuel Hassassian. “We asked the British govt. to deal with the new representative in the same way it dealt with the outgoing one,” he said.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    After briefly partaking in the international effort to facilitate a new round of IsraeliPalestinian peace talks in late 2016 (see JPS 46 [2]), Russia was largely absent from the Israeli-Palestinian arena this quarter.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Emboldened by the new U.S. admin.’s pro-Israel rhetoric, the Israeli govt. ramped up its efforts to counter allegedly anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic programs at the UN this quarter.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS MISFIRE

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    U.S. pres. Donald Trump, mired in domestic policy issues, sought a foreign policy achievement during this quarter. Both the Israelis and the Palestinians positioned themselves for yet another major U.S.-backed effort to advance the peace process.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    U.S. pres. Donald Trump launches a new regional initiative in an effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The Israeli govt. announces a new policy to guide settlement growth in the West Bank, and the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership struggles to consolidate its position.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    The foreign policy community in Washington, both in and out of govt., struggled with the persistent uncertainty surrounding the new U.S. pres.’s plans this quarter. Trump’s vision in the realm of international relations remained unclear, especially with regard to the IsraeliPalestinian arena.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    The Ad Hoc Liaison Comm. (AHLC), the chief policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinians, met on 5/4 in Brussels, under the chairmanship of Norwegian FM Børge Brende.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Reflecting a yearlong trend of declining violence, the number of Palestinian and Israeli casualties decreased slightly this quarter (see JPS 46 [1–3]): 21 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions (down from 29 last quarter), and 1 Israeli was ki

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    The following data comes from a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) on 8–11 March 2017. The results are based on a survey of 1,270 men and women from the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Despite some coordination between Egyptian pres. al-Sisi and PA pres. Abbas on the incoming U.S. admin.’s new “outside-in” approach to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, minor disagreements persisted, and the Egyptian-Palestinian relationship remained uneasy.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Tensions flared along the Israeli-Lebanese border this quarter, which observers attributed to Lebanese pres. Michel Aoun’s friendly ties with Hezbollah (see JPS 46 [2]).

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Israeli interference in the Syrian civil war sparked a minor diplomatic crisis between Moscow and Tel Aviv this quarter. After the Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out air strikes against several Hezbollah positions in s. Syria late at night on 3/16, the Syrian govt.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Amid shifting regional dynamics, internal Iranian politics fluctuated throughout the quarter. Iranian pres.

  • February 16, 2017May 15, 2017

    Boycott

  • November 16, 2016February 15, 2017

    Three mos. after UK secy. of state for international development Priti Patel froze around a 3d of the UK’s annual aid to the Palestinians and ordered a review of funding procedures (see JPS 46 [2]), the Dept.

  • November 16, 2016February 15, 2017

    Palestinian and Israeli casualty rates decreased slightly this quarter, reflecting a general decline in violence over the course of 2016 (see JPS 46 [1, 2]): 29 Palestinians were killed as a result of Israeli actions (down from 32 last quarter), and 5 Israelis