With the news that Fatah and Hamas have agreed a new unity deal which will include the forming of a new government, BICOM has produced an analysis of the consequences of this move for the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as reaction from Israel and the US.
In a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israelis and Palestinians that it was their responsibility to take the tough decisions. He was forced to return to Washington last week without an agreement to extend negotiations beyond their current deadline at the end of April. He highlighted unhelpful steps on both sides.
Ed Miliband’s current visit to Israel is another step in the U.K. Labour party leader’s gradual embrace of his Jewish identity and connection to Israel.