What the Emerging Greco-Egyptian Alliance Means for Israel

Earlier this month, Greece and Egypt signed an agreement formally demarcating the border between their respective coastal waters—undoubtedly in response to a similar agreement concluded by Turkey and Libya last November. Most immediately, these efforts reflect Turkey’s attempt to lay claim to natural gas and oil in the parts of the eastern Mediterranean previously claimed by Greece. Ankara and Cairo, meanwhile, are backing competing sides of the Libyan civil war, and thus Athens and Cairo are eager to help one another against a common enemy. As Israel has good relations with Greece and Egypt, and all three—together with Cyprus and Jordan—are part of a regional consortium for sharing offshore energy resources, it naturally inclines toward the Greco-Egyptian side. Gallia Lindenstrauss and Ofir Winter explain:

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By Restoring Funding to UNRWA, the U.S. Is Ensuring That the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Continues

Last week, the White House announced its plan to resume funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)—which had ceased in 2018—to the tune of $150 million per year. UNRWA, unlike the UN organization that cares for refugees from every other conflict the world over, does not seek to resettle its charges or to integrate them into the countries where they live, but instead keeps them and their descendants refugees in perpetuity. While the administration justified its decision as “a means to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” Einat Wilf argues that it will do nothing of the sort:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Two-State Solution, U.S. Foreign policy, UNRWA