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The Trump-Netanyahu meeting

The Trump-Netanyahu meeting Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu travelled to Washington on Wednesday for his first summit with new US President Donald Trump since his inauguration, in a visit that was generally seen as important for both US-Israeli relations during Trump's term in office and for setting a baseline for th

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Israel's controversial settlements regulation bill

Israel's controversial settlements regulation bill Categories: Israel, Updates    

As readers will probably be aware, on Monday night the Israeli Knesset passed a very controversial law, known as the "Regulation Law" which retroactively allows residents of housing units in the West Bank "outposts" - settlements built without government permission - to stay in their homes if it is

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements

The Amona evacuation and Israel's settlement announcements Categories: Israel, Updates    

This Update is devoted to exploring the link between recent Israeli announcements about new construction in West Bank settlements and the dramatic evacuation of the West Bank outpost of Amona yesterday, which led to scenes that many Israelis found traumatic (a gallery of images from the evacuation i

Jerusalem and future peace hopes Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

This Update looks at the debate over plans by the new Trump Administration in Washington to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - though it now says nothing has yet been finally decided on this -  and especially examines claims that such a move will be inimical to hopes for Israeli-P

The Paris peace conference

The Paris peace conference Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update looks at the outcome of the French-organised conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace that took placed in Paris on Sunday. The dozens of states participating in the conference issued a declaration urging the parties resume negotiations, but making a number of other points, which you can r

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334

The Aftermath of UNSC Resolution 2334 Categories: Israel, United Nations, Updates    

This Update deals with the implications and aftermath of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSC) 2334 (the text of the resolution is here) , which passed 14-0 with the US abstaining, on Dec. 23. The controversial resolution condemns Israel over settlements, and has a number of other provisions likely

Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick

Trump's controversial ambassadorial pick Categories: Israel, United States, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at US President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that David Friedman is his pick for the next US Ambassador to Israel. Friedman has worked for Trump as a legal adviser for many years and holds a range of positions on Israel that are markedly different to the outgoin

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