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An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the foreseeable future is unachievable, as is a credible process for reaching one. Since 2002, Crisis Group has been working to advance a new, inclusive peacemaking model for Israelis and Palestinians and to reduce the likelihood of deadly conflict among Palestinians and between Israel and its neighbours.

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Unchanged Situation

In Gaza, four Israeli soldiers were injured by explosive device on Israel-Gaza border 17 Feb; in response Israeli tanks and planes same day attacked some eighteen targets in Gaza, most Hamas sites, killing two Palestinians. Palestinian protester, wounded by Israeli forces 16 Feb, died from injuries 21 Feb. Israeli forces killed Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast 25 Feb. Violence increased in West Bank: Palestinian citizen of Israel stabbed to death Israeli rabbi near Ariel 5 Feb; Israeli forces killed six Palestinians – one in Ramallah 30 Jan, two in Jenin area 3 and 6 Feb, one in Nablus 6 Feb, one in Karmei Tzur 6 Feb and one in Jericho 22 Feb. At UN Security Council meeting 20 Feb, Palestinian Authority President Abbas proposed international peace conference by mid-2018; U.S. rejected Abbas’s plan and said it was finalising details of its own peace plan. Tensions between Israel and Iran escalated over Syrian conflict: after Israel shot down alleged Iranian drone launched from Syria, which entered Israeli air space 10 Feb via Jordanian airspace, Israeli jets carried out retaliatory raid on Iranian drone control site in Syria. Syrian anti-aircraft missile shot down Israeli jet on its return. Israel launched second, more intense bombing raid against Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria. Israeli PM Netanyahu 18 Feb warned Israel would, “if necessary”, act against Iran itself, not just its proxies. Dispute between Israel and Lebanon over land and maritime border escalated, particularly in relation to offshore drilling: Lebanon 6 Feb said border wall being built by Israel infringed on Lebanon’s sovereignty; Lebanon 9 Feb struck deal with foreign firms to explore Mediterranean gas field claimed by Israel; Hizbollah 16 Feb said it could take out Israeli oil facilities “within hours”; Lebanon rejected U.S.-mediated deal, which would have granted Lebanon most of disputed maritime area, instead demanding settlement of all border issues, including relating to disputed land border, under UN framework.

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15 Mar 2018
We’re caught in a crisis of identity. People [in Israel] are worried about globalization, about a sense of losing tradition. It’s the autonomy of the individual versus Jewish tradition. Newsweek

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
7 Mar 2018
The leadership in Ramallah is deliberately careful and low-profile with its public messaging now, not knowing whether and to what extent the Trump-sponsored ‘ultimate’ plan has been updated. Al-Monitor

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
6 Mar 2018
[Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu finds himself unable to voice opposition to [U.S. President] Trump despite some significant differences of opinion. Xinhua

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
3 Mar 2018
The Israeli government’s assessment is that Hezbollah/Iranian presence near the armistice line [in the Golan Heights] is bound to lead to the establishment of offensive infrastructure in the area. Eurasia Review

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
27 Feb 2018
Instead of reacting to every sound coming from (Washington), the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is focusing on preparing their strategy for the U.S. plan, which may be published imminently. Arab News

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
21 Feb 2018
[The Trump administration] is content allowing Israel to take the lead in pushing back against Iranian and Hezbollah influence in Syria. The Washington Times

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