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.
Qatar: no movement on the dispute with the four. Increasing Qatari confidence, outward investment, arms purchases. Mediation going nowhere, but Qatar itself a mediator.
Following major violence short of outright war, Israeli punitive measures relaxed. Reports of a truce brokered by Egypt, even a one-year ceasefire.
More violence in Gaza following the “Land Day” protest massacres. An Israeli soldier killed and a temporary truce agreed. British (Western) policy failing. Some ideas from Uri Avnery.
Jared Kushner interview suggests the long-delayed US peace plan may be about to emerge. The Trump team could be setting Abbas up to take the blame for its likely failure.