GCC summit in Riyadh solves no problems but keeps the show on the road. MBS turns up at last.
Jordan – continuing protests over austerity and corruption. Remains a significant regional player. MBS doesn’t come.
Airbnb delists properties in the occupied West Bank. Outrage in Israel. Economically insignificant but will catch attention for BDS at least for 15 minutes.
Israel’s determination to tighten its grip on East Jerusalem manifested itself in various ways last week.
Netanyahu and Hamas leaders decided against letting the recent fighting escalate. Both parties had good reasons for having done so.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.
Lebanon’s internal complications multiplied by external interference. US exclusion of Hizbullah. Burden of Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
Israeli-Jordanian relations, traditionally good at government level, have come under strain in recent years. King Abdullah has announced that Jordan won’t renew the lease of land to Israeli farmers; Israel tries to change his mind with the promise of more water.
Gaza – following some apparent easing, the most serious outbreak of violence since 2014. Ceasefire not secure. An incident at the UN.
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.