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An unspoken rapprochement is settling in between Israel and a Saudi-led group of Sunni Arab states as they work together to counteract Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, however, is holding back even closer cooperation. Could the Saudis pressure the Palestinians to become more flexible and finally accept a peace agreement with Israel? Much still stands in the way of a lasting peace.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
Cut off by their neighbors, the people of the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip suffer from high unemployment, low investment and only sporadic electricity. With Hamas having proven itself dangerous to Egypt, Israel and the Ramallah-based Palestinian government, it is not difficult to see why the sanctions continue. Qatari aid may give temporary respite, but Gaza’s fate remains sealed by the terrorist organization’s determination to destroy Israel.
On the cusp of the new year, looking into 2016 is a daunting task for any Israel analyst trying to gauge what it may bring for the country’s security and foreign relations. From security, to internal politics, to relations with its neighbours and allies, the country faces tremendous uncertainty in the year to come.
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
Domestic politics in Israel was the catalyst for much of the rhetoric over the nuclear threat from Iran. It averted domestic social tensions and downplayed the Palestinian issue. Ongoing negotiations on Iran have taken off much of the pressure for a military operation. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now strengthened his position immeasurably and thi...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich