In Brief: Iran warned as parliament votes to block nuclear inspectors

The International Atomic Energy Agency has warned Iran of its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal after the country’s parliament voted to block international inspectors and increase uranium enrichment. The parliamentary vote followed the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the alleged mastermind of Iran’s military nuclear programme, last week. Tehran has blamed Israel for the killing,[…]

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[…]

In Brief: Nearly half of Israelis want Biden to restart talks with Palestinians

Nearly half of Israelis want Joe Biden to restart the stalled Middle East peace process and launch negotiations with the Palestinians when he takes office in January, a poll published this week found. The survey – carried out by the dovish Geneva Initiative – shows that 49 percent of Israelis want the new US administration[…]

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[…]

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[…]

In Brief: Jerusalem court rules PA must pay family of victims of 2002 terror attack

The Palestinian Authority has been ordered by Jerusalem’s District Court to pay nearly £3m to the family of a couple who died in a 2002 terror attack. Tzipi and Gadi Shemesh (pictured) and their unborn twins were murdered in central Jerusalem’s King George Street in March 2002 when suicide bomber Muhammad Hashika activated his explosive[…]

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[…]