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[…]

In Brief: US and Europe tangle over reimposition over Iran sanctions

The United States and European countries, including Britain, are at loggerheads over efforts by the Trump administration to reimpose all sanctions on Iran lifted after the 2015 nuclear deal. The so-called “snapback” clause in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was triggered when the UN Security Council voted last month not to extend the arms[…]

In Brief: Iran executes champion wrestler

Amnesty International described Iran’s execution of wrestler Navid Afkari as a “travesty of justice”. The 27-year-old was sentenced to death over a security guard murder that occurred during a 2018 wave of anti-government protests. Afkari alleged his confession was secured by torture, stating in audio released by the human rights organisation: “If I am executed,[…]

Analysis: Israel and Bahrain normalise relations as historic UAE agreement is signed

In the third announcement of its kind in as many weeks, the Israeli and Bahraini Governments announced the normalising of relations. This follows a similar agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and two Balkan states.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu traveled to Washington DC for a four day trip to be part of the[…]

LFI chair: The left’s fixation on Israel has stifled fresh analysis about long-term stability in the Middle East

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written for The House, click here to read the original. Relations in the Middle East are shifting. Labour Friends of Israel will help craft a new internationalist approach to the region, while standing up to anti-Semitism in our party Labour Friends of Israel this week doubled our number of vice-chairs[…]

In brief: Two former Yugoslavian states pledge to open Jerusalem embassies

Having originally refused to recognise the independence of Kosovo, Israel has struck another deal of diplomatic firsts. The Jewish state is to recognise Kosovo, which will open an embassy in Jerusalem – the first Muslim country to do so. Its neighbour Serbia will move its embassy to Jerusalem by July 2021. The deal announced by[…]

In brief: Hamas and Hezbollah to maintain an ‘axis of resistance’ against Israel

The Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV announced on Sunday that leaders of Hezbollah and the Hamas met to discuss the consequences of diplomatic normalisation between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates. The meeting comes on the back of US President Donald Trump announcing Israel and the UAE agreeing to normalise relations, including the establishment of direct[…]

In Brief: Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal reached after weeks of Gaza balloon attacks

Hamas, the Gaza-based terror group, announced on Monday night that they had agreed a ceasefire with Israel. Shortly after Hamas’s statement, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians tacitly confirmed the agreement, saying it would reopen the border crossing, including to fuel deliveries, as well as the Gaza fishing zone to the full 15-nautical-mile limit. “This decision[…]

Analysis: The historic Israel-UAE deal: what next?

The United Arab Emirates is to become only the third Arab state – following Egypt and Jordan – to agree to the full normalisation of relations with Israel. The surprise, but historic, announcement of the move last month will have an important impact on the Jewish state’s efforts to broker stronger ties with the Arab[…]

In Brief: Israel offers assistance to Lebanon following Beirut port disaster

Israel made an unprecedented offer of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon on Tuesday evening following the Beirut port explosion in which over 100 people are feared dead and 4,000 injured. A number of Israeli hospitals also offered to take in and treat those injured in the disaster. Several Beirut hospitals were badly damaged in the blast,[…]