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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

Is the Wolf at the Gates This Time? Addressing the Crisis in Israeli-Palestinian Ties

Yoav “Poly” Mordechai and Michael Milstein

The drastic new declaration by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) abrogating PA commitments to its political agreements with Israel, including security cooperation, has aroused great concern among both Israelis and Palestinians. Provided that Israel does not actually implement annexation measures in the West Bank, Israel probably still retains the ability to maintain a degree of calm and preserve the distinction between acute political crises and behavior on the Palestinian street.

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How the United States Can Bolster Economies In a Post-Coronavirus Middle East

Sarah Elzeini

Foreign policy strategists should expect that Middle Eastern governments will face even greater constraints in safeguarding peoples’ livelihoods and their countries’ economies after the threat of coronavirus subsides. Therefore, the United States must begin to forge a path towards a more collaborative foreign policy that seeks input from allies abroad without neglecting the values that are important to the people on the ground.

How Should the PA Respond to the U.S.-Israeli Annexation Plan?

Mohammed S. Dajani

Israel's newly formed unity government intends to press ahead with a unilateral action to annex Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley by early July. Though no action has yet been taken, the public debates and discussions of the impending annexation has undermined the fragile stability and security in the West Bank.