Escalation On the Ground and On the Horizon
Dear Friends,

Violence and tensions are intensifying once again, with new flashpoints, expanding circles of friction, and a lack of a political horizon contributing to an increasingly volatile situation that threatens the security, livelihoods, and dignity of both Israelis and Palestinians. In this month’s edition, experts including Dr. Omer Zanany, Director of the Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking Program at Mitvim, analyst Mohammed Daraghmeh, Geneva Initiative Deputy Director Tehila Wenger, analyst Fuad Abu Hamid and Danny Seidemann, founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem, unpack settler violence, the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank, East Jerusalem development, and more.

The Two State Index is unchanged this month at 4.94 – the lowest value recorded since the TSI began. Scroll through the headlines below for in-depth analysis on how developments this month impacted the feasibility of the two-state solution.



August at a Glance:

  • Israeli Gov’t Looks to Expand West Bank Settlement Sprawl as Violence Escalates: Analysts say the situation highlights the increasingly complex challenges the Israeli security apparatus faces in calming flaring tensions

  • As Another Cycle of West Bank Violence Intensifies, the ‘Gazafication’ of the West Bank is Well Underway: Israel and the US counting on Saudi-Israeli normalization to bring some stability to the regional architecture, and the PA looks to Riyadh for gestures to shore up its legitimacy.

  • Israeli Government Approves $850m East Jerusalem Development Plan, Solidifying Grip Over City’s Disputed East: Analysts say the plan may be 'palatable' for promonents of the two-state solution, but is ultimately antithecal to it.

  • Far-Right Ministers Blur the Green Line Between West Bank and Israel Policies: How the Conflict Affects the Israeli-Arab Community

The Two State Index remains unchanged at 4.94 in August - the lowest value recorded since the TSI began.