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Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians Has Fallen Off the Agenda

Hi, everyone. I’m Lina Khatib, bringing you the latest developments from and about the Middle East. Please send feedback by hitting reply, or look for me on Twitter where I am @LinaKhatibUK. I’m always happy to hear from readers.

Yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel and the Palestinian Nakba, or “catastrophe.” It comes at a time when the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians are particularly dim. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority are facing internal political challenges, while international peace efforts are lukewarm. Meanwhile, everyday violence between Israelis and Palestinians continues, punctuated by periodic outbreaks of heavier fighting. The latest episode saw five days of intense clashes between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza, which ended with a cease-fire on Sunday.

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