Summary: Israel has a lot of experience of silencing violent opposition but supporting Palestine peacefully through the Arts is still a dangerous threat.
The Israeli prime minister is the target of angry protesters, fed up with his handling of Covid-19 and his efforts to escape corruption charges. The police are cracking down hard, a state of affairs Palestinians are all too familiar with but most Israelis are not.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
For years Canada was seen as a nation that in the Middle East charted a different and nuanced course from the United States. But having surrendered that role it seems unlikely now to retrieve it.
President Trump’s fight for a second term may spill over into US policy in the Middle East between now and 3 November.
US views will influence what Netanyahu decides to do on 1 July. Those of other major international actors might do so too. But domestic political considerations may be even more important.
Arab Digest · The Influencers
The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the settler movement he doesn’t envision a Palestinian state emerging from the ‘deal of the century.’
The Israeli coalition agreement gives Netanyahu the opportunity to annex large parts of the West Bank. But will he do it?
Quarantine measures appear to have kept Covid-19 at bay for now. But Gaza’s already creaking health service will be overwhelmed, if the virus establishes itself in the population at large.