Israel has ended the Temporary International Presence in Hebron. Such restraining influence as it was able to exercise has now been lost.
US/Polish proposal for a ministerial on the Middle East, but mainly on Iran. No takers so far.
Two recent events highlight the continuing issue of land sales in East Jerusalem to Israeli settlers and Palestinian attempts to thwart them.
HSBC disinvests in Elbit, Israel publishes a blacklist, Congress stalls on anti-BDS action.
President Abbas has dissolved the PLC, in which Hamas held the majority of the seats. His move has been rejected by Hamas. New elections could well be postponed indefinitely.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
West Bank – a week of shootings. Possible political consequences. Kushner’s peace plan still at the other end of the rainbow.
Mahmud Abbas and senior Palestinian officials have had high-level exchanges with Russia, Italy and the Vatican. Palestinian unity over a US resolution at UNGA proves short lived.
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.