Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.
Israel and Hamas have agreed to an “extended calm” in Gaza. Not clear how long it will hold. Meanwhile, living conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate.
Announcement that the economic part of the Trump plan for Palestine will be unveiled in Bahrain in June gets a bad press.
Pointless military exchanges between Gaza and Israel – “willing to wound and yet afraid to strike”.
The Great March of Return, taken over by Hamas, has lasted much longer than its initiators expected. But it has failed to ease the siege of Gaza and the refugees are no nearer returning.
President Abbas has dissolved the PLC, in which Hamas held the majority of the seats. His move has been rejected by Hamas. New elections could well be postponed indefinitely.
West Bank – a week of shootings. Possible political consequences. Kushner’s peace plan still at the other end of the rainbow.
Mahmud Abbas and senior Palestinian officials have had high-level exchanges with Russia, Italy and the Vatican. Palestinian unity over a US resolution at UNGA proves short lived.
Netanyahu and Hamas leaders decided against letting the recent fighting escalate. Both parties had good reasons for having done so.
War in Gaza looks likely but may yet be averted. PA President Abbas appears to be resolved to thwart Egyptian mediation between Israel and Hamas.