In Brief: Israel planning to let 83,000 Palestinians return to work in construction

Israel is planning to allow 83,000 Palestinians to return to work on construction sites in the country after 31 May. The move – which would provide a much-needed boost to both the Israeli and Palestinian economies – comes more than two months after tight controls on Palestinians working in Israel were imposed to prevent the[…]

In Brief: Doubts raised over Abbas’ claim PA is ditching Oslo over annexation

President Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that the Palestinian Authority has effectively pulled out of the 1993 Oslo Agreements and said Israel would now have to assume responsibility for the civilian Palestinian population of the West Bank. The president, who has threatened such a move on a number of occasions previously, told a meeting in Ramallah:[…]

Analysis: Annexation, the opposition

The release of Donald Trump’s much-delayed Middle East peace plan in January was a nakedly political bid to boost Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of re-election. After the conclusion of a “unity government” agreement last week, Netanyahu is guaranteed at least another 18 months as Israel’s prime minister. In that period, he appears determined to try and push through[…]

Analysis: Starmer: tackling antisemitism a “moral imperative”

Sir Keir Starmer has underlined his determination to begin the process of ridding the Labour party of antisemitism with a series of moves in his first days as leader. Sir Keir’s actions were welcomed by the new chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Steve McCabe. In an opinion piece for the Jewish Chronicle, McCabe pledged LFI’s[…]