10:44 AM 19 May 2017

 

Saudi Arabia’s Continued Attempt at Economic Diversification

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced plans to establish a state company for the manufacturing of arms, intended at improving the Saudi economy by producing thousands of jobs for Saudis.

This is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.

 

West Bank’s Municipal Elections Ends on Low Note

Palestinians in West Bank headed to the ballot box on Saturday, the first election since 2012. Gaza’s ruling authority Hamas, however, refused to partake in the exercise, revealing continued tensions with Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank.

Due to dissatisfaction with Palestinian political parties,voter turnout remained low.

 

Palestine Looks to India for Support

President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Sunday, holding key talks on both bilateral and international issues. Abbas had sought to enlist the help of Modi in reaching a resolution to the Palestinian issue.

The meeting comes before Modi’s historic visit to Israel in July

 

Controversial US Ambassador to Israel

The new United States (US) ambassador to Israel David Friedman commenced his post this week, expressing his scepticism of the two-state solution.

Friedman’s appointment and the Trump administration’s mixed signals regarding the two-state solution and settlements raise questions about US’ role in the conflict.

 

Accelerating Scientific Progress in the Middle East

The Middle East officially announced the completion of its first particle accelerator in Jordan.

While paving the way for scientific research into energy sources, this creation is symbolic in that it provides a possibility for long-standing enemies such as Israel and Iran to work side by side. 

 

 

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