Analysis: Biden brings Abbas in from the cold

The Biden administration has taken the first steps towards restoring relations between the US and the Palestinian Authority, which were severed in 2017. The move came shortly after the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas (pictured), announced new elections – the first to be held in nearly 15 years. What happened  Joe Biden pledged on the campaign trail to[…]

LFI Director: How the British left can learn from Biden and Harris

Labour Friends of Israel Director Michael Rubin has written for LabourList, click here to read the original. The inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris was a tremendous day for the world. Donald Trump was a disaster, not just for America, but globally. His vile, divisive and racist politics caused chaos and ruin domestically and[…]

In Brief: Israel’s first ambassador arrives in the the UAE as Gulf state opens embassy

The first-ever Israeli ambassador to the United Arab Emirates arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday following the signing of last summer’s Abraham Accords. The move came as the UAE cabinet approved the decision to open an embassy in Tel Aviv. Senior diplomat Eitan Na’eh (pictured), who has previously been posted to the Israeli Embassy in London, will serve as charge d’affaires in the UAE until[…]

In Brief: US bill with $250m boost to Israel-Palestine peacebuilding becomes law

The US Congress has passed a historic bill which will provide a $250m boost to coexistence work in Israel-Palestine, as well as Palestinian economic development. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, was signed after days of prevarication by Donald Trump between Christmas and the new year. It is a major victory for the Alliance for[…]

Analysis: After Israel’s Morocco deal – what next?

Morocco last week became the fourth Arab country in as many months to announce it would be normalising its relations with Israel. The announcement formalises relations between the two countries which the Moroccan foreign minister described over the weekend as “already normal”, and, given the ancient ties between the Jewish people and the North African[…]

In Brief: Ashrawi quits PLO executive in protest at PA resuming Israel links

Hanan Ashrawi, who rose to international fame when she headed the Palestinian delegation to the landmark 1991 Madrid peace talks, has reportedly resigned from the PLO’s Executive Committee. Ashrawi is thought to have quit in protest at the decision of the Palestinian Authority to resume civilian and security coordination with Israel. Sources told the Al-Araby[…]

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[…]

In Brief: Secrecy surrounds Bibi’s historic meeting with Saudi crown prince

Benjamin Netanyahu held an historic meeting with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, on Sunday evening. The meeting – held in the Saudi city of Neom, some 44 miles from the southern tip of Israel – is shrouded in secrecy. The Saudi foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, tweeted that the meeting[…]