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Blazing Israeli-Palestinian conflict may burn out

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Significance

The latest outbreak of violence follows a gradual rise in localised tensions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, mostly centred in Jerusalem. However, it also reflects high-level political shifts over the same period on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, as well as the changed international environment under the new US administration.

Impacts

  • Israel’s Supreme Court will seek to avoid ruling on the constitutionality of the Absentee Assets Law, key to Jerusalem land disputes.
  • US President Joe Biden will face pressure from the Democratic party’s left wing to strengthen criticism of Israeli policies.
  • Israel’s Likud party will try to split rival factions by raising controversial issues such as West Bank settlement legalisation.

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