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    Merger of US consulate in Jerusalem linked to looming court case

Merger of US consulate in Jerusalem linked to looming court case

by Victor Kattan

It has been a busy few weeks in the Middle East. While the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has dominated the headlines, the simmering dispute over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will just not go away.

On 18 October, the US announced that it would merge its consulate in […]

October 30th, 2018|Israel, Palestine|0 Comments|
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    Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

Netanyahu’s Oman Talks Shed New Light on Israel’s Ties with the Gulf

by Ian Black

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Oman for talks with Sultan Qaboos has shed new light on Israel’s largely clandestine links with Arab states, especially in the Gulf. The most striking thing about the trip is that it was the first by an Israeli prime minister to any Arab state (other than Jordan or Egypt, with which Israel has long […]

Portraying Israeli and Palestinian Identities on Twitter

by Jason Deegan, John Hogan, Sharon Feeney and Brendan K. O’Rourke

It is 70 years since Israel declared its independence. The process that lead to its foundation was characterised by horrific crimes against the Jewish people and disruption, displacement and occupation for Palestinian society.  Almost forty years ago, Edward Said pointed out that Israelis and Palestinians had come to define themselves […]

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    Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

Book Review – Seth Anziska’s ‘Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo’

by Ian Black
The idea of self-rule or autonomy for the Palestinians first appeared in the Camp David peace talks between Menachem Begin’s Israel and Anwar Sadat’s Egypt in 1978. Forty years on, an independent, sovereign Palestinian state has still not been created, in part because that concept of limited autonomy still casts a long shadow. Seth Anziska’s meticulously-researched tome is an […]

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    Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

Saudi Signals Clarify Prospects for Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’

by Ian Black

It may not have been very surprising but it was nevertheless an unusually clear and unmissable signal. King Salman of Saudi Arabia has sent out a message about a highly sensitive issue: The Kingdom will not go along with Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ to resolve the Israel­–Palestine conflict. It refuses to accept the US recognition […]

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