Summary: Israel has a lot of experience of silencing violent opposition but supporting Palestine peacefully through the Arts is still a dangerous threat.
The Israeli prime minister is the target of angry protesters, fed up with his handling of Covid-19 and his efforts to escape corruption charges. The police are cracking down hard, a state of affairs Palestinians are all too familiar with but most Israelis are not.
The day-to-day business in most Arab embassies and consulates is PR , diplomacy and serving regime members but they are also busy with surveillance and, at times, engage in other far more sinister activities.
A new satellite launched by the Israelis enables greater surveillance and attack potential. It may also signal more intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The use of sport to polish up tarnished reputations is, despite denials, flourishing in Israel.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
For years Canada was seen as a nation that in the Middle East charted a different and nuanced course from the United States. But having surrendered that role it seems unlikely now to retrieve it.
President Trump’s fight for a second term may spill over into US policy in the Middle East between now and 3 November.
US views will influence what Netanyahu decides to do on 1 July. Those of other major international actors might do so too. But domestic political considerations may be even more important.
Jordan’s king is fighting back against the looming Israeli annexation of West Bank territory that includes the Jordan Valley.