Cross-border clashes over the weekend between Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah threaten to undo the uneasy peace along the Israel-Lebanon border. Both sides have declared that the fighting had reached their respective objectives, while avoiding any casualties.
Arab Israeli Conflict
With a little more than a month to go ahead of the September 17 parliamentary elections, Israeli politicians are continuing to rally their bases while reaching out to potential allies.
Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced last week that Israeli voters would be going to the polls for a second time this year. The announcement followed Mr. Netanyahu’s failure to secure the support of a majority of the parliament for a new term.
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations held its annual policymakers conference. After opening remarks from the chair of the board of directors and the CEO of the council, a panel discussed the current situation for Palestinians.
A special provision in the 1994 Oslo Accords saw Jordan providing Israeli farmers access to the Jordanian border areas of Baqoura and Ghumar. But King Abdullah of Jordan has announced the leases will not be renewed upon their expiration in 2019.
Both sides in this enduring conflict have been failed by leaders and Western intermediaries. Summits, conferences, accords and a roadmap going nowhere have been a waste of time and effort.
Almost all America’s closest allies have cautioned US President Donald Trump against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital warning of potentially grave repercussions. France, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Turkey have all urged him to reconsider.