In Brief: US cooling on annexation as Israel backs away from 1 July deadline

The Trump administration is believed to be seeking to slow the process of Israel annexing parts of the West Bank, according to Israeli media reports. On Monday, Benjamin Netanyahu held a conference call to discuss the implementation of the administration’s peace plan – including its provisions to allow Israeli to annex up to 30 percent[…]

In Brief: Coronavirus could plunge Palestinian economy into slump, says World Bank

The economic fallout from the coronavirus could see the Palestinian economy slump by as much as 11 percent, the World Bank warned in a report on Monday. The bank also forecast that falling tax revenues and increased health spending could leave the Palestinian Authority with a $1.5bn hole in its finances. In its last pre-pandemic[…]