Gaza – following some apparent easing, the most serious outbreak of violence since 2014. Ceasefire not secure. An incident at the UN.
UAE little exposed to criticism compared with Saudi Arabia, though their policies are close. Separatist South Yemen an exception.
Most of the Druze on the Golan boycotted the 30 October municipal elections. Separately, Israel has announced plans to increase the number of settlers in the territory.
Erdoğan all but fingers MBS for the murder. Prince Ahmad returns from London. Saudi Arabia losing some of its international grip, e.g. on Yemen.
Once again, the Palestinians of East Jerusalem have boycotted the municipal elections. As a result, a Palestinian list failed to gain a seat on the municipal council.
With a record of mediating Oman breaks new ground receiving a visit by the Israeli PM.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.
Syria – Idlib ceasefire holds. Turkey/Russia/Germany/France summit. Political agreement still elusive, many local problems.
The “creeping annexation” of Area C (the largest part of the West Bank) has accelerated in the last three years. One of the parties in Israel’s coalition government openly advocates annexing it.
Europe’s dilemma in the Middle East – its interests differ from those of the US but it bears some of the cost of US policies decided regardless of its interests, Palestine, Iraq, Iran. Khashoggi may be another example?