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February 3, 2020
President Donald J. Trump, joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announces an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at the White House in Washington, DC, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
Hussein Ibish

Responses from Gulf Arab states to Trump's plan have differed, but they all praised U.S. efforts without endorsing the proposal.
Kate Dourian

Concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in China, the world’s largest oil importing country, pushed down oil prices, while the market failed to react to a near collapse in Libyan oil production, the continued absence of Iranian barrels, and other disruptions.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s about-face leaves demonstrators vulnerable, and the country in greater peril.
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

Washington and Tehran are likely to face old problems in 2020, in which there is equal likelihood of military confrontation and negotiations between the two adversaries.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

In 1993, the Palestinians, Israelis, and the United States all signed a Declaration of Principles that laid out the basic framework of the peace process, including five final-status issues. All of them have now been abrogated by the United States.
Ali Alfoneh via The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

On January 20, Major General Hossein Salami, chief commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, appointed Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein-Zadeh Hejazi as deputy chief of the Qods Force.
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In the Media
  • AP: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on Saudi Arabia’s response to the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Hussein Ibish also addressed the Saudi reaction for Le Monde.
  • Vox: Ibish discussed the implications of the peace plan for Palestinians. He additionally discussed the political consequences of the plan for Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for Business Insider.
  • The Hill: Ali Alfoneh commented on Iran’s new Quds Force commander Brigadier General Ismail Qaani.
  • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Alfoneh discussed a report by Iran’s Fars News Agency concerning foreign operations by the Quds Force.
  • The Atlantic: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman commented on the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and Iraq.
  • The Media Line: In an interview, Ibish discussed ongoing protests in the region, including Iraq and Lebanon.
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  • World Affairs Council: Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman presented on Iran, Iraq, and the United States to the Dallas/Fort Worth World Affairs Council.
  • KERA Think: In an interview with KERA, North Texas' PBS and NPR member station, Silliman discussed U.S. strategy in the Middle East and potential for improving relations with Iran.
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