What are the implications of ongoing violence and protests for Jerusalem, the Arab–Israeli conflict, and prospects for de-escalation?
Hamas seeks to improve ties with Saudi Arabia while preserving its pre-existing regional interlocutors, including Iran.
Hamas’s pivot to Saudi Arabia may help Khaled Meshaal isolate the military wing and obtain a credible truce with Israel.
The rise of the latest manifestation of the Salafi-jihadi camp in Gaza is politically worrying for Hamas.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad is broadening its mission and moving slowly down the same road taken earlier by Fatah and then Hamas.
The Israeli blockade, along with donor fatigue and the prospect of continued conflict, has prevented reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
The decision to unite four Arab parties in the Knesset may usher in an era of increased cooperation in securing the interests of Palestinians.
With few viable options at its disposal to address Gaza’s pressing social and economic needs, Hamas may be forced to extend its unity government with Fatah.
Social and economic grievances among Palestinian residents and the contentious politics of the Israeli right underlie East Jerusalem’s turmoil.
Gaza cannot be rebuilt in a political vacuum; and conditions alone placed on international funding of Gaza’s reconstruction are not likely to work.
Hamas’s small tactical gains are unlikely to translate any short-term popularity boost into long-term political capital.
A mutual desire to show strength has escalated the conflict, and although neither side wants another war, it may already be too late to pull back.
Fundamental flaws in the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal, including disputes over security cooperation with Israel, may lead to the fall of the unity government.
Judging by recent student council elections in the West Bank, Fatah can expect a narrow lead in the upcoming national elections, as long as voter turnout doesn’t increase, which would play in Hamas’s favor.
Despite skepticism, Gazans are hopeful about the prospects of unity between Hamas and Fatah.
The escalating dispute between Mahmoud Abbas and Mohammad Dahlan divides and weakens Fatah, and it complicates the issue of internal succession.
Increased international media coverage of the BDS movement’s efforts to bring attention to Palestinians’ rights is boosting its mission.
Drawn into the Syrian conflict, Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk are turning to social media to generate support and to hold their divided leadership and the international community accountable.
If current political and economic conditions in the West Bank continue, the Salafi-jihadi threat may grow to pose a real challenge.
The current ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, based on mutual short-term goals of deterrence, lacks a strategy for maintaining peace in the long term.