Arab Digest · @SALHACHIMI busts loose!
Warm diplomatic currents from the White House are stimulating frenetic diplomatic activity from the Mediterranean to the Gulf; on the Yemen war front Saudi Arabia turns to Turkey for drones to try and turn the tide.
As Israel braces for another election, Benjamin Netanyahu has succeeded in tying his Jewish opponents up in knots whilst hamstringing the Arab Joint List and angering Jordan.
Egypt and Israel are moving forward quickly and cooperatively to exploit each country’s huge offshore gas reserves.
Fast moving post-Covid infrastructure developments in the region are threatening Egypt’s soft power and revenue; a proposed new global internet traffic corridor would bypass Egypt altogether. Cairo has to move quickly to head off the competition.
Israel continues to expand its control of East Jerusalem through residential, industrial and tourism projects that will force thousands of Palestinians from their homes and businesses.
MBS is haunted by his crimes and facing a daunting array of problems. A moment of opportunity is approaching for the Biden administration to force his hand; the first step would be publication of the CIA Khashoggi report.
With a Biden administration in place, the Gulf is daring to hope that a new deal will curb Iran’s nuclear weapons appetite for good. But that’s ignoring Israel’s fears.
The shortlisting of a prominent Saudi women’s rights activist for a prestigious human rights award draws attention to the kingdom’s human rights record.
Palestinians have much less water than the WHO says is necessary for health and hygiene. Israel could be far more generous in helping to put this right but presently sees no reason to do so.