Arrow Left Arrow Right Camera icon set icon set Ellipsis icon set Facebook Favorite Globe Hamburger List Mail Map Marker Map Microphone Minus PDF Play Print RSS Search Share Trash Twitter Video Camera Youtube

Israel/Palestine

CrisisWatch Israel/Palestine

Unchanged Situation

Palestinian prisoners in Israel continued hunger strike to demand improvements in conditions until 27 May, despite Israel’s attempt to undermine strike leader Marwan Barghouti by releasing video of him eating; at least 60 strikers taken to Israeli civilian hospitals in critical condition. Hundreds of Palestinians protesting in solidarity with prisoners 19 May clashed with Israeli security forces in West Bank and Gaza. Hamas 1 May released political document significantly moderating its positions in 1988 charter including referring to Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders as a formula for Palestinian national consensus and stressing that Hamas’s conflict was with Zionism and not with Jews because of their religion. However, 1988 charter not abrogated. President Abbas met U.S. President Trump 3 May at White House; Abbas said afterwards he had stressed importance of two-state solution. Israel 21 May said it would make economic concessions to Palestinians as part of confidence-building measures requested by Trump, including building two industrial zones in West Bank and ease restrictions on Palestinian construction in Area C. Visiting Jerusalem and Bethlehem 22-23 May, Trump confirmed commitment to resolving Israel-Palestine conflict but did not say how. In Gaza, living conditions continued to worsen as electricity shortages and salary cuts persisted and Palestinian Authority (PA) delayed sending medicine and baby formula. Hamas 6 May said it had elected former PA PM and leader of Hamas’s political bureau in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh as new leader. Missile reportedly fired at Israel from Sinai 23 May, no casualties reported. Israel 28 May announced ambitious plans for Jerusalem’s Old City Basin, including cable car to be unilaterally designed and implemented by Israel which would connect West Jerusalem with Old City.

Continue reading

Reports & Briefings

In The News

21 Jun 2017
Both the Israelis and Palestinians are pros at wearing down envoys with endless details. They’ve done it to the most experienced negotiators. The Washington Post

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
16 Jun 2017
The stark message from Trump and Riyadh is, 'Now you must choose. Are you with the bad guys or the good guys?' Netanyahu understands that Trump has set himself up as judge and jury. Al Jazeera

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
8 Jun 2017
[Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has been trying to hold back but he has been under very strong pressure from the settlement movement. AFP

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
6 Jun 2017
Today we see a steady erosion of incentives for Israel to end the conflict and establish a Palestinian state. Financial Times

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
1 Jun 2017
[Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu prizes stability over anything else. So on very pragmatic grounds, he’s not disappointed and was not expecting a move [of the U.S. embassy in Israel]. VICE News

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
28 May 2017
[Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to respond to pressure from the religious right, which is asking, ‘Fifty years after capturing Jerusalem, what’s next?’ Los Angeles Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process hang in the balance.

Trump’s Threat to Arab-Israeli Peace

U.S. policy threatens to undo not only the two-state solution, but stable relations with Israel’s Arab neighbors.

Originally published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Don’t Let Symbols Blind You to the Mundane at the Temple Mount

Once again Israeli leaders denounce UNESCO and tell their people with an odd tone of satisfaction: “The whole world is against us; we you told you so!”

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post

Shoring Up the Status Quo at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

Defusing conflict over Jerusalem’s holiest site.

Our People

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
nathanthrall

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
OferZalzberg