Israel and Palestine after the Iran Accord
The accord aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear program could affect Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Interviewing Ami Ayalon (the former head of Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security service) in Forward, J.J. Goldberg writes:
Moreover, [Ayalon] said, Israel should be removing obstacles to closer cooperation with the countries in the region that share Israel’s interests and outlook, especially Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. That means moving forward in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship, as fraught as the topic is in Israel’s domestic politics. ‘As long as we don’t advance the Israeli-Palestinian issue, he said, we remain a foreign body in the Middle East from the point of view of the Sunni powers.’
In Foreign Policy, David Rothkopf writes,
“What will Bibi do without Iran’s nuclear threat? He will be adrift. His principal excuse for attending to the much more challenging problems he faces at home — including the need to come to grips with the inevitability of Palestinian statehood — will be gone.”
In other words, Israel has more incentive and fewer excuses for putting off a resolution to the Palestinian issue.