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Coronavirus, Israel and the Palestinians

Like almost every Western country, Israel is dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic - with in excess of 100 cases now. Israel's measures to meet this challenge have been among the toughest in the democratic world

The aftermath of Israel’s March 2 election

What a difference a few days makes in Israeli politics. On Tuesday, in the immediate aftermath of Israel's general election on March 2, the third in a year, exit polls seemed to indicate that incumbent PM Netanyahu of the Likud party had won a convincing victory...

Israel goes to the polls for the third time in a year

Israel is heading back to the polls next Monday, March 2, for the third time in less than a year. This Update explores why, what could happen, and what to watch out for as the results come in. 

Iran’s Parliamentary Election

This Update analyses the Iranian legislative election taking place today, and assesses its international significance. 

UNHRC publishes “blacklist” of companies active in settlements

This Update provides background and critical analysis of the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) release of a list of 112 companies who do business in Israeli settlements -  issued on Wednesday in response to a resolution passed in 2016. 

The Palestinian response to the Trump peace plan

The Palestinians have vehemently rejected the Trump Administration's "deal of the century" peace plan and have been making it clear they would do so virtually from the beginning of the process.  This Update looks at the reasons for and implications of that rejection. 

The Trump Administration’s “vision” for Mideast peace

This Update features analysis of the US Trump Administration's "vision" for Israeli-Palestinian peace - also known facetiously as the "Deal of the Century" - which was released on Tuesday, Washington time,  by US President Donald Trump alongside Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-dominated government

This Update deals with the formation of a new government in Lebanon after three months of political vacuum there - a government that is ostensibly technocratic but is actually dominated by individuals affiliated with the Shi'ite terrorist group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah

Iran’s unrest in the wake of the downing Ukrainian Air flight 752

In the wake of Iran's admission that its forces had accidentally shot down Ukrainian International Air flight 752 last Wednesday, the country has experienced yet another wave of unrest. This Update deals with the ability of the regime to cope with these repeated waves of protest and outside reactions to them.

The aftermath of the killing of Qassem Soleimani

This Update deals with the aftermath and implications of the US killing of top Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, including the key Iranian responses to date.