Yair Lapid
Who benefits from I2U2?

The meeting of the leaders of the US, Israel, India and the UAE – what has been called the West Asian Quad – primarily serves to benefit Israel’s agenda in the region

Joe Biden’s West Asia trip is also aimed at US mid-term polls

President Joe Biden’s visit to West Asia, especially Israel, is also calculated to appeal to certain audiences inside the US ahead of crucial mid-term elections in October

Biden toes the Israel line in West Asia visit

The US signed an agreement continuing military aid to Israel, while the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh at the hands of Israeli forces and the larger issue of continuing violation of Palestinian human rights by the Israeli apartheid regime remained unaddressed.

Biden’s Israel visit draws widespread criticism

Biden will be making his first visit to Israel as president between July 13 and July 15, and will also visit the occupied West Bank to meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

Lebanon-Israel dipute over Karish Hezbollah warns Israel against extraction from the disputed Karish gas field

The warning comes days after Israeli forces shot down three drones launched by Hezbollah towards the Karish gas field, 80 kilometers off the coast of Haifa, allegedly on a reconnaissance mission

Unilever sells Ben and Jerry’s Israeli business, allowing for operation in illegal settlements

After a year of backlash, legal challenges, and Zionist lobbying, Ben and Jerry’s products will return to illegal settlements, in direct contradiction of the company’s will

Israeli Knesset dissolved Israel’s ruling coalition decides to dissolve parliament, call for fresh elections 

The dissolution of the Knesset will lead to automatic extension of the controversial settlers’ law for next six months. The government had failed to get approval for its extension earlier this month

Turkey-Israel relations Turkey seeks to normalize relations with Israel, says will work for two-state solution for Palestine  

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu became the first high level diplomat to visit Israel in the last 15 years since relations between both the countries deteriorated over the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008 that killed over 1,400 Palestinians

UN Climate Panel says greenhouse emissions must be halved by 2030 and other stories

Today we look at the UN IPCC’s report on climate change mitigation, Israeli violence against Palestinians during the month of Ramadan, and more

“Israeli minister’s criticism of Amnesty report reveals nature of an apartheid state”

Vijay Prashad speaks to Philip Luther of Amnesty International about the report released by the organization on Israeli crimes against Palestinians

US consulate Israel Palestinians denounce Israel’s refusal to allow reopening of US consulate in occupied East Jerusalem

The US consulate in occupied East Jerusalem was closed in 2019 by then US president Donald Trump. His successor Joe Biden had promised to re-open it during his election campaign

Protestors demand civilian-led democratic transition in Sudan and other stories

Today we look at mass protests in Sudan to demand a civilian-led democratic transition, the blocking of medical supplies to Venezuela by Portuguese bank Novo Banco, and more