Jordan has built up a reputation as a kingdom of calm in an otherwise restive region. But its long reliance on that image of stability, underwritten by external support, may also be its undoing. Its underdeveloped economy is flailing, and more international assistance will only delay necessary reforms.
Israel’s current government has been more supportive of the settler population in the West Bank than any of its predecessors. But as the country prepares to vote, settlers’ loyalty to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being tested. Whatever happens, it’s clear that the settlers are an increasingly important constituency.