The United States has been in high-stakes negotiations with Iran in recent months over the rollback of Iran's nuclear program. The agreement would place severe restrictions on Iran’s ability to accrue and enrich uranium beyond a specified level for ten years.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has a new fighting ground. As of January 6, 2015, the Palestinian Authority is a State Party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is unlikely the ICC is where the Palestinian Authority hopes to resolve the conflict with Israel, and the decision to become a State Party is more aptly read as an act of “lawfare”—“the continu[ation] of [its] war on legal grounds, or in the language of international law."
In April 2012, forty percent of Israel’s
natural gas supply was cut off almost instantly. After months
of supply interruptions and allegations of self-dealing on the part of
Egyptians in forging a natural gas deal with the Israeli government, the Egyptian
government reneged on its agreement to supply Israel with natural gas to meet
its energy needs. Almost overnight,
Israel was left to figure out how to supply almost half of its energy needs.