Global geopolitical series: key updates from across the world
Here are some key events to keep a tab on,
- Israel-Palestine-Jerusalem: In an interview with Israel Hayom daily, which was published on Sunday, President Trump once again criticized the Palestinian National Authority’s (PA), better known as Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) intention to make a peace agreement. While his criticism of PA is nothing new, what is catching media’s attention worldwide is that President Trump delivered a rare rebuke towards Israel by questioning its intention to make a peace agreement. He was quoted saying, “Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace. So we are just going to have to see what happens”. He added that while the United States remain firmly committed to the peace process, it is ultimately up to Israelis and Palestinian to decide on that.
- U.S. government shutdown: President Trump has signed a spending bill ending the government shutdown, however, a real showdown looms ahead with DACA.
- Israel-Iran: The event began early on Saturday morning, when an advanced Iranian drone took off from T4 airbase in Syrian province of Homs, which allegedly entered into Israel’s airspace, which was then spotted by Israel and was intercepted near the town of Beit She’an by an Apache attack helicopter after it had flown 1.5 minutes into Israeli territory. The event escalated when Israel sent an F-16 fighter jet to strike at the launch site of the drone. The fighter jet met with massive anti-aircraft firing. Over 20 missiles were reportedly fired at the F-16 jet, which was hit and crashed. This led to an extensive retaliation by Israel with additional strikes against both the Syrian missile batteries and Iranian military targets.
- Korean Peninsula: South and North Korean athletes marched together under Korea unification flag in the Winter Olympics that is being held in South Korea. Kim Jong-un’s sister, who became the first among Kim family to visit South Korea was seen meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and was also seen sitting in the Presidential box along with President Moon and the U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence. According to reports, an invitation was extended to Mr. Moon by Kim’s sister to visit North Korea.
Source: FXWire Commentary