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.
- 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.