La constatazione di Yair Lapid, ministro degli Esteri israeliano, è logica. Se è vero ciò che sostiene il suo collega russo Lavrov, cioè che gli ebrei sono antisemiti, significa che le vittime dell'Olocausto – sei milioni di ebrei – si sono suicidati. Le incredibili dichiarazioni del russo, fino a quel momento un diplomatico dal pragmatico cinismo, sono la conseguenza di una realtà complessa: hanno a che vedere con l'articolato rapporto fra Israele e Russia e con la tenuta di quest’ultima nella guerra ucraina.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed insights on the most significant developments in the MENA region, bringing together unique opinions on the topic and reliable foresight on future scenarios. Today, we turn the spotlight on Turkey, as Erdogan recently visited Saudi Arabia for the first time in nearly five years. This is just the last step in Ankara’s renewed diplomatic dynamism at the regional level to relaunch its role.
Regardless of how things play out in Ukraine over the near-term, it appears all but certain that Russia and the West will find themselves locked in a protracted confrontation for years to come. The Syrian civil war and the Iran dossier provide good test cases for assessing how that confrontation could affect the Middle East. In Syria, Russia and the West have in recent years competed for influence, deconflicted to avoid clashes, while cooperating selectively on counterterrorism, humanitarian issues, and a political process under UN auspices.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region's most significant issues and trends. Today we turn the spotlight to Israel and the latest clashes in the Old City of Jerusalem, analysing their consequences at the local and regional levels.
Il mese di Ramadan si riconferma un momento cruciale per la sicurezza e la politica israeliana, quest’anno in special modo vista la sua coincidenza con la Pasqua ebraica. I primi episodi di violenza sono cominciati il 22 marzo con l’attacco terroristico di Be'er Sheva, il primo di una serie di altri tre attentati avvenuti a Hadera, Bnei Brak e Tel Aviv che hanno causato 14 vittime in due settimane.
Lo scorso 17 aprile, con un videomessaggio diffuso su un canale Telegram ben noto ai servizi di intelligence occidentali, lo Stato islamico (IS) è tornato a farsi sentire in un momento tutt’altro che casuale.
The MED This Week newsletter provides expert analysis and informed comments on the MENA region’s most significant issues and trends. Today we turn the spotlight on Yemen, where a nationwide truce serves as the backdrop for the inauguration of a new presidential council tasked with managing the country and leading the peace efforts with the Houthis.
In Tunisian supermarkets, customers cannot buy more than three kilos of flour. Shelves often remain empty for days. And when the flour comes in, it is gone within minutes. Since the beginning of Ramadan, Tunisians have been waiting in line every morning for bread; with bakeries starting to ration it. Baguettes have become smaller and thinner, and semolina is often used instead of wheat. Bakers say they demand their usual supply of flour but receive less.
War between Russia and Ukraine has put the Egyptian economy under pressure. Last month, the Egyptian government announced it had requested the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s support to mitigate the shocks the country’s economy has endured since the eruption of the war.
The breakout of the conflict in Ukraine and the following imposition of heavy Western sanctions on Russia are causing sharp price increases in food and energy commodities —of which both Ukraine and Russia represent key exporters — as well as disruptions to global supply chains, impacting the post-pandemic economic recovery.
The war in Ukraine is deeply impacting global food markets, disrupting supplies, and bringing prices up, especially, those of cereals and vegetable oil. Together, Russia and Ukraine account for a third of the world's wheat exports and are among the primary suppliers for most of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Concerns have emerged that food inflation could potentially result in the rise of popular protests and mobilizations.