The decision to unite four Arab parties in the Knesset may usher in an era of increased cooperation in securing the interests of Palestinians.
Social and economic grievances among Palestinian residents and the contentious politics of the Israeli right underlie East Jerusalem’s turmoil.
A mutual desire to show strength has escalated the conflict, and although neither side wants another war, it may already be too late to pull back.
Increased international media coverage of the BDS movement’s efforts to bring attention to Palestinians’ rights is boosting its mission.
The current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, based on mutual short-term goals of deterrence, lacks a strategy for maintaining peace in the long term.
Egypt is taking unprecedented action to close the tunnels under the Sinai-Gaza border, although it is unclear if such efforts can be sustained.
Intra-Palestinian reconciliation takes a back seat to the Israeli-Palestinian Peace process.
There are several highly encouraging signs for peace talks in the wake of the U.S. president’s visit to the region.
The results of the Israeli election could push the new government to engage once more on peace.
During the Arafat era, Israelis were ambivalent, even cynical, about the Palestinian reform process. The election of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), who appears to be more genuinely committed to reform, will perhaps produce a more positive Israeli attitude. But for a host of reasons, in some circles the skepticism will persist.