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.
different from oil. Vitally important to some MENA economies – Qatar, Algeria, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt.
Syria – next major fighting expected in the south-west, near Golan Heights, Israel and Jordan.
Turkey moves to presidential system. Odds on AKP victory, but opposition in with a chance. Importance for the Arab world.
Cancellation of a friendly with Argentina an own goal for Israel. Israel more and more concerned about BDS.
Israel’s borders with three of its five Arab neighbours remain to be agreed. In the case of the Palestinians, they might never be.
Asad government strengthens its position, but still faces rebels in two main areas. US does a deal with Turkey and concentrates on mopping up IS. Coalition bombing of Raqqa criticised.
Palestinians living under occupation in Gaza and the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) have tried various forms of resistance, with varying results. One non-violent protest last year achieved its objective but its success has not been reproduced elsewhere.
Trump has reneged on the Iran nuclear deal. Aim to cut Iran down to size but without a strategy to achieve it. Other parties to the deal unlikely to play his game. Tehran’s position likely to harden, sharper confrontation with Israel, impact on world oil.
Turkey is Israel’s sixth largest trade partner but the Palestine issue poisons relations; the Turkish public and opposition demand action over Gaza; Turkey and the US also bitterly at odds over a range of major issues.