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Volume V, Number 7:
February 16, 2018

Tel Aviv Notes

"Has the Palestinian Authority abandoned the principle of the two-state solution?" by Kobi Michael and Ofir Winter
Senior Palestinian officials, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the Secretary-General of the PLO's Executive Committee Saeb Erekat, have announced that the Palestinians may withdraw from the two-state solution. Instead, they will seek a one-state solution that grants full equality to all citizens. They made these statements against the backdrop of the deadlock in the peace process and the severe crisis in US-Palestinian relations following US President Donald Trump's declaration in December recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Some might interpret their assertions as a tactical step to exert pressure on Israel, the US and the international community to reconfirm their commitment to the two-state solution, thereby bolstering the Palestinian public's pereception of the increasing illegitimacy of Palestinian leadership. The declarations were accompanied by an announcement that the Palestinians will no longer accept the US as a mediator. Some might interpret this as an attempt to avoid dealing with the peace plan that Trump is expected to announce in the first half of 2018.
Source: Tel Aviv Notes/The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University — February 15, 2018


Co-editor Ceng Sagnic analyzes the ruling Justice and Development Party's practice of forging alliances with both Islamist and ultranationalist groups, and the party's efforts to build heavily-armed forces against the probability of renewed coup attempts.
Source: Turkeyscope: Insights on Turkish Affairs/Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University — February 2018


"#Sinai2018 and Wilayat Sinai's ongoing media war sgainst the Sisi regime" by Adam Hoffman
This issue explores the Islamic State propaganda effort against the Egyptian government led by President 'Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi.
Source: Jihadiscope: Insights on Global Jihad/The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University — February 12, 2018

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