Israeli Affairs (Issue no. 81)

Israeli-Arab relations

  • Editor: Raif Zureik, Nabil al-Saleh, Honaida
  • Preparation: Ali Zubeidat, Yusri Khaizran, Hisham Nafaa, Sonia Paulus, Anas Ibrahim, Malik Samara, Ilan Maoz, Walid Habas, Michael Huss, Amir Makhoul, Lev Greenberg
  • ISBN: ISSN 2709-0353
  • Date of update: Thursday, 20 May 2021
  • Price: $0.00

This issue addresses Israeli-Arab relations, including the relations with the United Arab Emirates, the Arab Maghreb, Egypt, and Syria. The primary motive behind the issue is, of course, recently increasing normalisation and impact on the future of the question of Palestine.

Officially, the commonplace narrative is premised on the fact that Palestine is the first and foremost Arab issue. From the onset, Arab countries joined forces to resist Israel. Over the years, especially after the Camp David Accords, the Arab States have clearly shown a consistent regression and become fully available to normalise relations with Israel.

An observer can note that the latest wave of normalisation has characteristics that are distinguished from previous ones. Firstly, normalisation is taking place against the backdrop of a partial United States withdrawal from the region. Secondly, we are therefore not only facing a normalisation process in the aftermath of a war to prevent an upcoming one. What is at stake is new regional alliances, military and economic blocs, and new alignments of forces across the region. This may at times be so to the extent that some countries have embraced the Zionist right wing ideology and engaged in regional schemes.

Given their importance, this issue of Qadaya Israeliya [Israeli Affairs] addresses and provides a critical and objective investigation and analysis of these developments, including respective reflections on the question of Palestine.

Monday, September 27, 2021


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.