Analysis: Abbas prepares for the Biden administration

The Palestinian Authority appears to be engaged in a potentially significant repositioning exercise ahead of Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House. The moves by Ramallah are reviving hopes that, with a new administration in Washington committed to a two-state solution, the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process might be revived. In recent weeks, the PA has[…]

Analysis: LFI MPs push for International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

LFI vice-chair Catherine McKinnell led a debate in parliament today calling for the British government to support the establishment of an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The debate is part of a long-running campaign by LFI – ‘For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace’ – to back the fund, which would invest in peacebuilding projects that[…]

In Brief: Veteran Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat dies of covid aged 65

Saeb Erekat, who helped negotiate the Oslo Accords, died yesterday of covid-19. He passed away at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Centre, to which he had been transferred last month after testing positive for the illness. Erekat, who was 65, underwent a lung transplant three years ago and doctors said treating him was a “huge challenge” because he[…]

In Brief: Israeli politicians line up to welcome Biden election victory

Reuven Rivlin led the congratulations on Joe Biden’s victory, and invited the president-elect to visit Jerusalem. In an English-language video, the Israeli president wrote: “Mr President-elect, I was pleased to welcome you to Jerusalem as vice president and I look forward to welcoming you to Jerusalem as president of the United States. As a longstanding[…]

Analysis: What to expect from the Biden-Harris administration

The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will bring avowed friends and supporters of Israel to the White House in January. Their approach towards the Middle East is likely to be very different in both style and substance to the outgoing administration. Biden’s commitment to Israel is long-standing. One of his first visits overseas[…]

Analysis: From “No, No, No” to “Yes”; Sudan is latest state to normalise relations with Israel

Sudan has become the latest Arab nation to seek to normalise its relationship with Israel. The agreement was announced during a call between Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump and Sudan’s Sovereign Council president, General Abdel Fattah al- Burhan, and prime minister Abdalla Hamdok. The announcement – which follows the signing last month of the Abraham Accords[…]

In Brief: Peers welcome normalisation deal in call with UAE ambassado

A cross-party group of members of the House of Lords welcomed the UAE’s normalisation agreement during a video call with the country’s ambassador to London last week. “We believe this is an exciting time for the UAE, Israel and the region,” Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul (pictured) told two dozen members of the Britain-Israel Peers Group, “The[…]