Sec. Kerry is again visiting the Middle East for more peace efforts, and will brief Arab leaderstoday. (New York Times/AFP)
Palestinian officials reportedly say Kerry is "determined to announce new peace talks" before leaving the region. (YNet)
Israel was reportedly taken by surprise by new EU guidelines rejecting any more cooperation with Israel's occupation. (Ha'aretz)
The PA welcomes the EU decision, but Israelis are "furious." (Jerusalem Post/The Media Line)
PM Netanyahu says Israel will "not tolerate external edicts on our borders," and promises to protect settlers. (Ha'aretz/YNet)
Israeli diplomats are engaging in "damage control" following the new EU guidelines. (YNet)
EU officials say Israel is "overreacting" to the new guidelines. (Times of Israel)
Ha'aretz publishes the complete text of the EU guidelines. (Ha'aretz)
Israeli experts say the guidelines could cut aid to Israeli R&D by up to 40%. (Ha'aretz)
Israeli NGOs say Israel is set to approve another 1,071 settler housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories. (AFP)
Palestinians say they are willing to turn to a new level of "peaceful struggle" if negotiations with Israel prove fruitless. (Jordan Times)
Palestinians are worried that an influx of Palestinian refugees from Syria into camps in Lebanon"may lead to a catastrophe." (The Daily Star)
Israel says two "suspects" entered an unmanned military post on the border between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights, fired on Israeli soldiers. (AP/Jerusalem Post)
Egypt's political turmoil is reportedly not affecting security cooperation with Israel, which may even be strengthening especially in Sinai. (Xinhua/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)
Five Egyptian soldiers are wounded in an extremist attack on a military base in Sinai. (Ma'an)
A senior Fatah official says the formation of the next PA cabinet in August is "the last chance"for Hamas to rejoin the PA. (Ma'an)
Hamas blocks a pro-Bedouin rally in Gaza. (Al Monitor)
Palestinians say Israeli settlers have assaulted Palestinians and attacked cars again in occupied East Jerusalem. (PNN/Ynet)
A new "pro-Arab" political party is founded in Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel is allowing an unusual number of Palestinians from the occupied territories to visit Israel this Ramadan. (Al Monitor)
Thousands of Palestinians are being fed by charities this Ramadan. (Reuters)
Palestinians launch a festival to draw visitors to "Solomon's Pools." (Reuters)
Ha'aretz says the new EU guidelines are a moment of truth for Israel's government: is it willing to sacrifice the future of the country to maintain the occupation. (Ha'aretz)
Shimon Shiffer says the EU guidelines demand historic choices, not belligerent statements, from Netanyahu. (YNet)
Herb Keinon says Israel would ignore the EU guidelines at its own peril. (Jerusalem Post)
Dan Diker says those who promote boycotts don't understand Israeli psychology and politics. (Jerusalem Post)
Ian Black says the new EU guidelines send a powerful message to Israel. (The Guardian)
Hannah Weisfeld says Israel's reaction to the EU guidelines is predictable and foolhardy. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
S. Daniel Abraham says Netanyahu now faces a crucial choice whether to become a peacemaker or a pariah. (Ha'aretz)
Robert Dreyfuss questions whether Kerry has any real strategy for dealing with Iran or Israel and the Palestinians. (The Nation)
Henry Siegman says US assurances of unending support for Israel have already doomed Kerry's efforts. (The Nation)
Yossi Beilin offers an outline for how Israel and the Palestinians could resume serious negotiations. (U.S. News & World Report)
Osama Al Sharif says, despite recent setbacks including the ouster of former Pres. Morsi, Hamas thinks it still has options. (Jordan Times)
Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas finds itself isolated and without options after Morsi's downfall. (Al Monitor)
Debasish Mitra says Hamas doesn't seem to have learned the lessons of history. (Times of Oman)
The Daily Star says US policy towards the Middle East in general appears incoherent. (The Daily Star)


The Arab League welcomes Sec. Kerry's proposals for restarting Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, raising prospects for resumed talks. (New York Times/AP)

Some Israeli officials reportedly say they are open to a formula for talks based on the 1967 borders, but PM Netanyahu's office denies this. (YNet/Jerusalem Post/Reuters)

Kerry extends his trip for more consultations, but there is no planned meeting with Netanyahu yet. (AFP)

Kerry says he believes he is "getting closer" to facilitating resumed negotiations. (AFP/Washington Post)

Pres. Abbas consults with Palestinian leaders after the Arab League announcement about resuming negotiations with Israel. (Reuters)

Netanyahu formally asks the EU to reconsider its ban on further cooperation with Israel's occupation, but Palestinians praise it. (AP/Xinhua)

Pres. Peres asks the EU to delay implementing and reconsider the new guidelines about noncooperation with Israel's occupation, and suggests they could be an impediment to new peace talks. (AFP/AP/Ha'aretz)

The new EU measures are likely to increase Israel's growing international isolation. (AFP)

Some Israeli analysts think the EU measures will make it harder for Netanyahu to control right-wing elements in his government. (Times of Israel)

The UK reportedly wanted much tougher guidelines that would have applied to every Israeli in the occupied Palestinian territories. (Ha'aretz)

The US refuses to criticize the EU decision. (Jerusalem Post)

Western officials reportedly say Palestinians are seeking to build an airport in Ramallah. (YNet)

Israel may be preparing to dismantle several checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and other "goodwill gestures." (Jerusalem Post/AFP)

Hamas rejects a suggested Fatah "deadline" for a national unity government of August 14. (Ma'an)

Gaza's hospitals are the latest to be hit by the financial and supplies crisis in the Strip. (Al Monitor)

Hamas asks Egypt to provide alternatives now that most Gaza smuggling tunnels have been closed down. (Ahram Online)

Palestinians launch a "morality campaign" urging people to voluntarily pay for electricity. (The Media Line)

IKEA is considering opening a branch in Ramallah. (The Guardian)

Militants kill three Egyptian policeman in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)

Some Israelis are taking advantage of cheap land near the Egyptian border, but at some risk. (Christian Science Monitor)

Protesting Palestinian refugees shut down an UNRWA office at a refugee camp in Lebanon. (Ma'an)

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, in a rare rebuke, calls on Israeli officials to cooperate in a terrorism lawsuit against the Bank of China. (JTA)

A student exchange program in central Pennsylvania is trying to assist a stigmatized Palestinian student enroll in a local high school. (Patriot News)


Abdullah Iskandar says the whole Arab world is wondering what, exactly, Kerry has in mind. (Al Hayat)

Gershon Baskin says both parties need to take advantage of the opportunity Kerry is providing. (Jerusalem Post)

Marty Peretz says Kerry's "heroic efforts" are pretty much all that is left of Pres. Obama's Middle East policies, and Palestinians should accept whatever Israel offers them. (Daily Beast)

Neve Gordon says Israel's response to the new EU guidelines shows it has no intention of ending the occupation. (Ha'aretz)

Gideon Levy says Israel should thank the EU for making it confront its fundamental realities. (Ha'aretz)

John Whitbeck says the EU has a major role to play in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Al Jazeera)

Carlo Strenger says the Israeli right seems incapable of understanding the implications of the EU guidelines. (Ha'aretz)

Rachel Shabi says the EU decision has hit Israel like a bucket of cold water to the face. (The Guardian)

The National says the guidelines mark a new phase in Israeli-EU relations. (The National)

Chemi Shalev says the Israeli right now faces a choice between Kerry's proposals and more measures like the EU guidelines. (Ha'aretz)

Cnaan Liphshiz wonders how effective the EU guidelines will actually be. (JTA)

Jan Sokolovsy and Ari Briggs say the right response to the EU is for Israel to curtail cooperation with the PA. (Jerusalem Post)

Ephraim Sneh says the EU guidelines show there's an economic price, as well as isolation, for the occupation. (YNet)

Ha'aretz says Netanyahu is in denial and is leading Israel to the brink of an abyss. (Ha'aretz)

The Israeli NGO B'Tselem says law enforcement against settlers in the occupied West Bank is "enslaved" to the occupation project. (B'Tselem)

Rashad Hussain says Ramadan is a good time to combat anti-Semitism among Muslims. (JTA)

Roy Isacowitz says Israel doesn't have to look exactly like the former South Africa in order to actually be practicing apartheid. (Ha'aretz)

Robert Danin proposes a formula for ending Gaza's isolation. (Council on Foreign Relations)

Maysoon Zayid looks at the growing interest in skating among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Asmaa al Ghoul looks at the campaign of hatred and incitement against Palestinians in some of the Egyptian media. (Al Monitor)

Hassan Tahsin says Sinai security and Egyptian-Palestinian relations, especially with Hamas, were stained by former Pres. Morsi's legacy. (Al Arabiya)

Hazem Saghieh asks if the Muslim Brotherhood is at all capable of self-criticism. (Al Hayat)

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