Since the beginning of the year, an average of twenty-three reports relating to Israel and/or the Palestinians have appeared on the BBC News website’s ‘Middle East’ page every month (see ‘related articles’ below).
Throughout the month of October 2019, however, just seven such reports were published.
(dates indicate the time period during which the item was available on the ‘Middle East’ page)
Two of those items concerned archaeology:
Ancient ‘New York’: 5,000-year-old city discovered in Israel (7/10/19 to 10/10/19)
Israel cave bones: Early humans ‘conserved food to eat later’ (10/10/19 to 13/10/19)
One article related to political/diplomatic issues:
Trumplomacy: Are we seeing the end of a close Israel-US relationship? Barbara Plett Usher (9/10/19 to 11/10/19) discussed here
Of four items concerning Israeli affairs, two related to internal politics:
Israel PM Netanyahu fails to form government ahead of deadline (21/10/19 to 24/10/19) discussed here
Israel’s Benny Gantz tasked with forming coalition government (24/10/19 to 27/10/19)
Two reports concerned legal stories:
Israel PM Netanyahu faces final hearings in corruption cases (2/10/19 to 6/10/19)
WhatsApp sues Israeli firm over phone hacking claims (30/10/19 to 31/10/19)
BBC audiences saw no coverage of security issues or Palestinian internal affairs whatsoever during the month of October.