In Brief: Israeli foreign minister urges PA to return to negotiating table

Israel’s foreign minister urged the Palestinians to “return to the negotiating table” this week. Gabi Ashkenazi was speaking after his historic first meeting with the United Arab Emirates foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, in Berlin on Tuesday. “Only through direct negotiations can we advance a solution for the conflict,” Ashkenazi, a member of[…]

In Brief: Two-thirds of Israelis disapprove of Netanyahu’s handling of covid crisis

Sixty-five percent of Israelis believe Benjamin Netanyahu is responding poorly to the coronavirus crisis, a poll released this week shows. The Channel 12 News survey found only 31 percent of Israelis approve of the prime minister’s handling of the crisis, which has seen the country forced into a second lockdown. The poll also indicated that[…]

In Brief: Peacebuilding work necessary, not just nice, says ALLMEP report

The services that peacebuilding organisations provide for their communities are not just nice – they are necessary, a new report from the Alliance for Middle East Peace says this week. The study, A Resilient Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding Sector in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, looks at the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on civic society[…]

Analysis: Who might succeed Mahmoud Abbas?

In his virtual address to the UN General Assembly last week, Mahmoud Abbas predictably denounced the historic normalisation agreements signed earlier this month by Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. But the president also announced new elections – the first for over 14 years – will take place in Palestine following an agreement between[…]

In Brief: LFI chair welcomes normalisation agreement in parliamentary debate

Steve McCabe has welcomed the normalisation agreements signed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month. In a parliamentary debate last week, LFI’s chair also urged the government to restore funding to peace-building coexistence projects. “I hope other countries in the region will follow [the UAE and Bahrain] and that Israel can live[…]

In Brief: AJC joins calls for Iran Olympics ban following wrestler’s execution

The American Jewish Committee has joined growing calls for Iran to barred from next year’s Olympics following the execution of champion wrestler Navid Afkari earlier this month. The 27-year-old was convicted of “insulting the supreme leader” and “waging war against God” after he participated in anti-government protests two years ago. Iranian authorities also tortured him into[…]

In Brief: Hamas threatens Palestinian peace activists with long jail terms

Hamas is threatening to jail three Palestinian peace activists for holding a video call with Israelis in April. The activists, who belong to the Gaza Youth Committee, were charged by Palestinian military prosecutors last week with “weakening revolutionary spirit” for participating in a peace-building initiative called “Skype With Your Enemy”. Raji Sourani, the director of[…]

Analysis: After the Abraham Accords – what next for the Palestinians?

In their steadfast opposition to the historic agreement signed last week between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have found a rare common cause. Earlier this month, President Mahmoud Abbas hosted a meeting in Ramallah which brought together all 14 major Palestinian factions – including Hamas and its fellow[…]

LFI chair urges UK government to take action on PA curriculum

LFI’s chair, Steve McCabe, has written an op-ed for this week’s Jewish News in which he urges the government to take action on the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum. The curriculum, introduced in 2017, incites violence and glorifies terrorists. Through the Department for International Development, UK taxpayers’ aid funds the salaries of some 33,000 teachers and[…]