Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of Israel's population. They have disproportionately high rates of poverty and unemployment. But hopes of addressing those issues through the ballot box are low, and Arab-Israeli voter turnout is falling.
Jordan's King Abdullah has managed to mostly fend off demands for internal change inspired by popular uprisings in neighboring Arab states. But that may not work for much longer. Jordan is facing financial crisis.
It's been a tumultuous year in the Arab world. We asked The World's Middle East correspondent Matthew Bell to page back through his notes, looking for standout moments in 2012 and suggest what to keep an eye on in the year ahead.
More Syrians are trying to leave their war-torn nation. Many head for neighboring Jordan, but as The World's Matthew Bell discovered not all are welcome. The Jordanian authorities try to turn away Syrians with Palestinian IDs.
Egyptians voted on ratifying their new constitution. It's being billed as a bold step in democratic reform. But Egypt's poor are being left out of the process, as The World's Matthew Bell reports, that's especially true for the poorest Egyptians.
The World's Matthew Bell visited the southern Israeli city of Beersheba to see how people feel a day after the declaration of a ceasefire with Hamas. He says most believe it was the right thing to do but they don't think it will hold for very long.
The World's Matthew Bell visits Israel's coast, now under threat of Hamas long-range rockets. Last night a large prayer vigil was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where Israelis prayed for wildly different outcomes to the current conflict.
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