On Wednesday 28 May 2014, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein finalised the list of presidential candidates for the election which will take place on 10 June 2014. The new president will take over from Shimon Peres who is stepping down at the end of July.
The nine month period for talks agreed by Israelis and Palestinians in July 2013 has passed. Following PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision to advance towards a unity government with Hamas, Israel has suspended efforts to renew negotiations for now. This analysis assesses what this mean for the peace talks and what is likely to happen next.