Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position that a permanent status agreement resulting in a two state solution must include explicit Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is rejected by Mahmoud Abbas, and is a key point of contention in the peace process. This briefing explores this issue.
On Wednesday 5 March, Israel intercepted an shipment of missiles from Iran to the Gaza Strip. The Iranian regime is ideologically opposed to Israel’s existence. It supplies weapons and support to armed extremist groups on Israel’s borders and attacks Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. This briefing shows the extent of Iran’s activities that threaten Israel.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is in the advanced stages of producing a framework document to establish guidelines for carrying Israeli-Palestinian negotiations beyond the current deadline at the end of April. This analysis assesses its likely contents and how the parties may respond.