Greg Shapland

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A model of the Dome of the Rock at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Photo: Getty Images.

At first sight, the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian relations look bleaker than ever. And it would be ludicrous to suggest that the goal of creating a better Israeli-Palestinian relationship – still less achieving a conflict-ending agreement – could be anything other than extremely challenging. But a look behind the headlines suggests that there are more opportunities here than might appear immediately to be the case.

For one thing, majorities on both sides still support a two-state solution in principle. They are slim majorities, admittedly. But the very fact that there remain majorities in favour of the two-state solution suggests that the proposal has enduring appeal – or at least that there are few, if any, credible alternatives.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hamas now appears to be suing for peace with the Palestinian Authority (PA). But while this looks like a victory for PA President Mahmoud Abbas, things are not as straightforward for him as they might seem.

The Islamist movement Hamas has run Gaza since its violent take-over of the territory in 2007 from the PA, which is based in Ramallah in the West Bank and is dominated by the rival Fatah movement. For their different reasons, the PA, Israel and Egypt have all been seeking for the last several years to bring the Hamas administration in Gaza to heel and have been putting pressure of various kinds on it.…  Seguir leyendo »