June 30th

PM Netanyahu says any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Israel would insist on maintaining security control of the West Bank “for a very long time.” (New York Times)
US Special Envoy Indyk resigns. (New York Times/JTA/Foreign Policy)
Israel’s security crackdown raises questions about the asymmetry of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (New York Times)
14 rockets are fired at Israel from Gaza. (Ma’an/JTA/Ha’aretz)
Netanyahu warns Palestinians in Gaza over rocket attacks. (The National/AFP)
Hamas leader Marzook says Hamas is not “currently responsible” for Gaza. (Ynet)
The Israeli cabinet approves a $90 million plan for occupied East Jerusalem which focuses on increased security. (AFP/JTA) 
A poll indicates a majority of Palestinians are turning away from  the two-state solution. (Ha’aretz)
Israeli occupation forces arrest four Palestinians in the West Bank. (PNN)
Israel drops anti-Hamas Ramadan lollipops in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)
Israel authorizes 1500 Jordanians to come and work in its Red Sea resort of Eilat to combat a labor shortage. (AFP/The Media Line)
Egyptian and Palestinian officials deny presence of any fighters affiliated with ISIS in Gaza and Sinai. (Ma’an)
Netanyahu calls for an independent Kurdistan. (AP/AFP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)
ISIS announces the creation of a new “Islamic State” and “caliphate.” (AP/Reuters/Washington Post/The National)
Syrian fighters hail ISIS’s declaration of an Islamic caliphate. (Reuters)
The Iraqi army is trying to dislodge ISIS insurgents from Tikrit. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post)
Iraqi government officials say Russian experts have arrived in Iraq to help the army fight against Sunni extremists. (New York Times/The National)
Iraqi Christians return to their villages. (AP)
ISIS demonstrates sophistication when it comes to using social media. (New York Times)
King Abdullah of Jordan fears spread of Iraq chaos. (Times of Israel/Jordan Times)
Pres. Obama is concerned that “battle-hardened militants” who have spent time in Syria and Iraq could present a rising threat to US security. (AP)
Mortar shells hit government-held areas of the Syrian city of Idlib, killing 14 people. (AP)
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia slams extremism in address marking start of Ramadan. (The National)
A blast kills two police officers near Egypt’s presidential palace in Cairo. (AP/Reuters)
Egypt will restrict sermons during the month of Ramadan to topics of faith and morality. (AP)
PM Jomaa says two Tunisian diplomats who were held for months by gunmen in Libya have been released. (AP/Reuters)
Daniel Kurtzer says the US must inject life into the “moribund” Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (Ha’aretz)
Michael Ratney says a viable Palestinian state will be built through hard work, tough negotiation and peaceful, well-reasoned activism. (Jerusalem Post)
Ha’aretz says the European boycott of settlements is gaining momentum. (Ha’aretz)
Smadar Perry asks if Ramadan will stop the arrival of a new “intifada.” (Ynet)
Moshe Arens says Israel needs to win the “hearts and minds” of the Palestinian people. (Ha’aretz)
Hussein Ibish urges that states for political and rhetorical imagination be kept open in Iraq and Syria. (The National)
Juan Zarate and Thomas Sanderson ask how ISIS got rich. (New York Times)
Robin Wright says Iraq is more like Lebanon than Syria. (New York Times)
Raghida Dergham says Iran seeks to appear as counterterrorism partner to the US in Iraq. (Al Arabiya)
Theodore Karasik says for now Jordan is safe from ISIS. (Al Arabiya)
Amer Al Sabaileh says Saudis are welcoming Egypt to play a key role in Arab politics. (Jordan Times)
H.A. Hellyer revisits the Egyptian protests of June 30 and July 3rd. (Al Arabiya)
Juan Cole says its too soon to give up on the Arab Spring. (Los Angeles Times)
The Daily Star says Lebanese must demand accountability and transparency from their politicians. (Daily Star)
Burhan Ghalioun and Ghassan Ibrahim debate whether Iran will change its position on Syria. (Asharq al-Awsat)

June 24th


Israeli occupation forces arrest 13 Palestinians in Hebron. (Ma’an/Jerusalem Post)

PM Netanyahu says he appreciates Pres. Abbas’ “important words” against the kidnapping of the three Israeli teenagers. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)

DM Ya’alon updates Sec. Hagel on the kidnapping. (Ha’aretz/JTA)

Quartet Envoy Blair calls on Israel to stop its operation in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. (PNN)

The mother of one of the kidnapped teenagers tells the UN Human Rights Council that every boy and girl deserves to come home to their families. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)

The UNSC fails to agree on a statement that would have deplored the deaths of Palestinians in Israeli operations. (Ha’aretz)

Jewish “price tag” extremists vandalize cars in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz)

Hamas leader Haniyeh says Israeli threats do not scare Palestinians. (Ma’an)

The Red Cross warns Israeli doctors against force-feeding prisoners. (Ma’an)

A Gaza power plant is expected to shut down after the last shipment of Qatar-donated fuel runs out. (Ma’an)

Sheldon Adelson will donate a total of $25 million to Ariel University which is in a settlement in the occupied West Bank. (JTA/Ha’aretz)

Palestinians are unable to return to the Yarmouk camp in Syria, despite the truce. (AFP) 

Sec. Kerry promises “intense and sustained” support for Iraq. (Reuters)

Kerry urges the Kurds to save Iraq from collapse. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post)

The UN says more than 1000 have been killed in Iraq in June. (Reuters/AP)

US Special Forces will face a complex challenge in Iraq. (AP)

A diplomatic note promises immunity from Iraqi law for US advisory troops. (New York Times)

A poll indicates most Americans disapprove of the way Pres. Obama is handling Iraq. (New York Times)

Pres. Sisi says he will not interfere in judicial rulings. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

Sisi pledges to give up half his salary and property. (Reuters)

A suicide bombing in Beirut kills a security officer. (AP)

Next Tuesday, Turkey’s ruling AKP party will announce its candidate for the August presidential election. (Reuters)


Maher Mughrabi says Israel must end the occupation in for Palestinians to be able to speak out against Hamas. (Ha’aretz)

Oudeh Basharat asks who will protect the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)

Akiva Eldar says Israel’s reaction to the kidnapping highlights its “surrender” to settlers. (Al-Monitor)

Robi Damelin says the Parents Circle Families Forum is made up of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who pay the consequence of the cycle of violence. (Times of Israel)

Jeffrey Goldberg says Obama did not “break” the Middle East. (The Atlantic)

David Rothkopf says the US can’t fix the Middle East, but it can fix its policy to the region.(Foreign Policy)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed asks how much support ISIS really enjoys. (Al Arabiya)

Hassan Barari says Maliki has been the key impediment to building an inclusive Iraq. (Jordan Times)

Faisal Abbas says PM Maliki is the new Saddam of Iraq. (Al Arabiya)

The Daily Star says Iran should do something about reducing sectarian tensions in the region, instead of just talking about it. (Daily Star)

H.A. Hellyer says yesterday was a “poignant” day for press freedoms in Egypt. (Al Arabiya)

Faisal Al Yafai says Fouad Ajami was a great scholar of the Middle East but did not empathize with its people. (The National)

Will Inboden remembers Fouad Ajami. (Foreign Policy)

Jamal Al Marri and Salah Al-Saidi debate whether Gulf security is under threat. (Asharq al-Awsat)

June 23rd

Pres. Abbas says there is no evidence Hamas is responsible for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. (Xinhua)
Some analysts think Israel is using a massive operation in the occupied Palestinian territories regarding the teenagers to scupper the agreement between Fatah and Hamas. (Xinhua)
Two Palestinians are killed and 37 are arrested in raids by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. (AP/ Ma'an)
The Israeli operation, in its current form, may be nearing its end. (Ha'aretz)
The PA may approach the Security Council over Israel's "aggression." (Ma'an)
Turkish pathologist says a Palestinian detainee was beaten before dying in an Israeli jail. (Ha'aretz)
An Israeli teenager is killed in an explosion near the border with Syria. (Xinhua)
Israeli settlers open fire on Palestinian protesters near Ramallah. (Ma'an)
The Presbyterian Church in the United States votes to divest from some companies doing business in the occupied Palestinian territories. (The Guardian)
Factions agree a cease-fire in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria. (AP/BBC)
The Israeli military conducts an airstrike near the border with, or inside, Syria. (Ha'aretz/AP)
Sunni extremists now control much of Iraq's western border. (Washington Post)
The ability of the Iraqi army to turn the tide against Sunni extremists is doubted. (New York Times)
Sec. Kerry urges Iraqis to form a new, inclusive government, and says the whole region is threatened by chaos in Iraq. (New York Times/AP)
Iraqis in Baghdad fear the worst awaits them. (AP)
Kerry is on a surprise visit to Egypt, which experts say signals a breakthrough in bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
Kerry says the US is poised to resume full relations with Egypt, including US aid, while urging more moderate policies. (New York Times/AP)
Three Al Jazeera reporters are sentenced to seven years in prison in Egypt. (AP/BBC)
Noted Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami passes away. (New York Times/AP
Bakir Oweida says, between the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and Israel's West Bank offensive, the Fatah-Hamas agreement may be unraveling. (Asharq Al Awsat)
Ben Caspit says the Palestinian agreement was unraveling anyway. (Al Monitor)
Shlomi Eldar says the kidnappings and offensive are forcing Hamas to rethink its strategy. (Al Monitor)
Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas is afraid Israel will deport its leaders. (Al Monitor)
Ben-Dror Yemini says Israel has a partner in Abbas. (Ynet)
Hagai El-Ad says Palestinian suffering goes undocumented in Israel, and when it is recognized it is regarded as a conspiracy. (Ha'aretz)
Rafael Ahren asks if Israel's West Bank offensive is a human rights violation. (Times of Israel)
Ryan Crocker says the US should reengage with the Iraq. (Washington Post)
Murhaf Jouejati says ISIS' advance in Iraq should mean more weapons aid for the Syrian opposition. (Al Monitor)
Abdullah Al-Madani says the GCC should move towards greater union, but Salim Bin Ahmed Sahab disagrees. (Asharq Al Awsat)
Mustafa Akyol says the Kurds are Turkey's best ally. (New York Times)

June 19th

Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinians during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank. (AP/Reuters)
Israeli occupation forces detain 30 Palestinians in the West Bank. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)
Israel launches multiple airstrikes in Gaza. (Ma’an/Ynet)
The US calls on both Israelis and Palestinians to show restraint. (Ynet)
Hamas says it is capable of starting another intifada. (Ma’an)
US Amb. to Israel Shapiro visits the families of the kidnapped teenagers. (JTA)
Former Sec. Rice and Sec. Kerry praise each other’s Israeli-Palestinian efforts. (JTA)
FM Bishop says, despite declaring East Jerusalem not occupied, Australia reaffirms its commitment to the two-state solution. (Ha’aretz/AP)
A social media campaign seeks to hijack Arab idol fans. (Ha’aretz) 
The head of the Islamic movement Sheikh Ra'ad Salah is prohibited from leaving Israel. (Ha’aretz)
Mordehai Amihai will be the vice-chair of a UN panel on Palestinian refugees. (Times of Israel)
Kerry denies Pres. Obama has been too passive in Iraq. (AP/Reuters)
ISIS hangs their flags over Iraq’s largest oil refinery. (AP)
Iraqi government officials claim they still control the major oil refinery. (New York Times)
Gen. Dempsey says Iraq has asked the US for air support in countering the Sunni rebels. (Reuters/Washington Post/The National)
PM Erdogan says U.S. air strikes in Iraq could cause heavy casualties. (Reuters)
PM Maliki shows little sign of political compromise. (Washington Post)
Iraqi soldiers express shame for abandoning their posts. (The National)
The UAE recalls its ambassador to Iraq over its sectarian policies. (The National)
King Abdullah of Jordan says Jordan is ready to deal with regional developments. (Jordan Times)
Human Rights Watch accuses Syria's Kurdish parties of abuses. (AP/Reuters)
Moroccan PM Benkirane says women would be better off at home than in the workplace. (New York Times)
The Muslim Brotherhood’s charity work in the UK is under investigation. (The National)
Michael Young says its time for a coordinated response in Iraq and Syria. (The National)
Roger Cohen says the US cannot accept a “jihadi state” in Iraq. (New York Times)
Nicholas Kristof says the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 should be a warning that military force sometimes transforms a genuine problem into something worse. (New York Times)
Paul Whitefield says Americans are, indeed, conflicted on what is happening in Iraq. (Los Angeles Times)
Yochi Dreazen and John Hudson say the US is experiencing “buyers remorse” with Maliki. (Foreign Policy)
E.J. Dionne says Obama sees the contradictions in the Middle East and will not act “rashly.”  (Washington Post)
Eyad Abu Shakra says the US has suddenly decided to “wake up to the threat” represented by ISIS in Iraq. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Frederic Hof says the US should not “beg” Iran to act on Iraq and Syria. (Ha’aretz)
The National says Netanyahu is “exploiting” the kidnapped teenagers. (The National)
The Jordan Times says no child, Israeli, Palestinian or of any other country, should be used as pawn for any purpose. (Jordan Times)
Peter Beinart says Palestinians in the west should speak out against Hamas’ human rights abuses. (Ha’aretz)
Amir Rotem says the Israeli closure of Gaza only perpetuates conflict with the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)
Gershon Baskin asks who kidnapped the three teenagers. (Jerusalem Post) 
Asmaa al-Ghoul says the kidnapping of the teenagers is “no joke” for the Palestinians. (Al-Monitor)
Akiva Eldar says Netanyahu should engage Pres. Abbas on both diplomacy and security. (Al-Monitor)
Michael Young says Lebanon can parry regional fragmentation. (Daily Star)
The Daily Star says the crescendo of interest in Lebanon’s presidential election has dropped significantly. (Daily Star)
Joyce Karam says the world cup “fever” beats politics in Lebanon. (Al Arabiya)
Andrew Harper says the world must not forget its responsibility to help Syrian refugees. (Jordan Times)

June 17th

Israeli occupation forces arrest 41 Palestinians in the West Bank. (AP/Reuters/Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
Israeli ministers will reportedly increase the pressure on Hamas and will worsen the conditions of Hamas members held in Israeli prisons. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)
The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers is spurring debate over the conduct of settlers in the occupied West Bank. (New York Times)
The PA is reportedly taking steps to halt the reconciliation process with Hamas. (Times of Israel)
PM Netanyahu says Israel is operating against Hamas to bring home the kidnapped teenagers. (Ha’aretz)
The EU condemns the kidnapping of the teenagers. (Jerusalem Post)
Norway cancels a conference of PA donor countries. (Ha’aretz)
Israel launches overnight airstrikes on Gaza. (Ma’an/JTA/Ynet)
Israel closes the Kerem Shalom crossing with Gaza. (Ma’an)
The US Consulate in Jerusalem warns American citizens to take precautions andavoid demonstrations during travel in the occupied West Bank. (JTA/Ha’aretz)
The Israel Medical Association will publish a booklet advising doctors on how to treat hunger-striking prisoners. (Ha’aretz)
US forces are being positioned in and around Iraq. (AP/The National)
UNSG Ban warns of “massive” sectarian violence in Iraq. (AP) 
Sunni insurgents push further into a province northeast of Baghdad.(AP/Reuters/New York Times)
PM Maliki is reportedly spending less time focusing on reconciliation with Kurds and Sunnis. (New York Times)
Saudi Arabia warns against foreign intervention in Iraq. (The National)
The New York Times examines the crisis in Iraq. (New York Times)
Turkey imposes a ban on media reporting about the seizure by ISIS of Turkish diplomats.  (Reuters)
Pres. Sisi swears in the new Egyptian government. (AP)
car bomb in eastern Syria kills five. (AP)
Iran and the P5+1 resume nuclear talks. (AP/Reuters/The National)
FM Hague says Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran. (Reuters/The National)
Asharq al-Awsat says the future of the Middle East depends on the crisis in Iraq. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Faisal Al Yafai says Pres. Obama’s “no war policy” leaves the US vulnerable. (The National)
Bakir Oweida says averting the partition of Iraq and Syria should be the number-one priority. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Steven Simon says ISIS will fail in Iraq and Iran will be the victor. (New York Times)
Hassan Barari says Maliki has become an obstacle to achieving stability in Iraq. (Jordan Times)
Katrina Vanden Heuvel says there is no equivalence to be drawn between Bush’s 2003 decision to invade Iraq and Obama’s 2011 decision to withdraw US troops. (Washington Post)
Eugene Robinson says Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning. (Washington Post)
Aaron David Miller says Obama should break the momentum of the ISIS attacks and press Maliki to be a more inclusive leader. (Foreign Policy)
The Daily Star says  refugees are the only area in which Arab states have experienced true unity of late. (Daily Star)
Amos Harel says Israel's response to the kidnapping is aimed at driving a wedge between Pres. Abbas and Hamas (Ha’aretz)
Yair Ettinger says the kidnapping of the teenagers is turning Israelis against each other. (Ha’aretz)
Marc Goldberg says Israel’s “all-out efforts” to find the teenagers will push more Palestinians towards extremism. (Times of Israel)
Akiva Eldar says Netanyahu is wrong to blame Abbas for the kidnapping. (Al-Monitor)
Smadar Perry says the kidnapping of the teenagers is another failure for Abbas. (Ynet)
Martin Karplus says Israelis and Palestinians should work together to improve their “common homeland.” (Ha’aretz)
Abdel Latif el-Menawy says Sisi should be a man of the people. (Al Arabiya)

June 10th

Israel’s parliament selects Reuven Rivlin as country’s next president. (Reuters/AP/AFP/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
DM Ya’alon says the formula of land for peace was a mistake. (JTA/Jerusalem Post/Ynet)
Israel’s parliament has given initial approval to a law that would enable force-feedingPalestinian prisoners. (Reuters/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
US lawmakers want Sec. Kerry to explain his decision to continue working with the PA. (JTA/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)
US Senators are debating military aid to Israel. (Ha’aretz)
Former NSC Advisor Berger says Hamas should not be allowed to participate in Palestinian elections. (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas calls on its armed wing in the occupied West Bank to target Israeli soldiers and settlers. (Times of Israel)
Hamas says PA forces “assaulted” Hamas-affiliated protesters in Ramallah. (Ma’an)
Jewish Australians express concern about their country’s new stance on occupied East Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz)
Jordan summons an Australian diplomat over the status of occupied East Jerusalem. (Xinhua/AFP/Jordan Times)
Palestinian Professor Dajani who took students to Auschwitz resigns amid controversy. (The Media Line)
The Palestinian Environmental Authority says half of the beaches in Gaza havedangerous levels of contamination and are unfit for swimming. (Ma’an)
Israel prevents Palestinian businessman Munib Masri from entering Gaza. (Bloomberg)
Israeli Gen. Brun is optimistic about the nuclear talks with Iran. (New York Times/Ha’aretz)
Israeli Amb. Dermer derides efforts at a deal with Iran. (Ha’aretz)
six-week offensive by ISIL in eastern Syria has killed 600 fighters and driven 130,000 people from their homes. (Reuters/AP)
Pres. Sissi condemns sexual harassment in Egypt. (AP/The National)
PM Maliki asks the parliament to declare a state of emergency after insurgents seizeMosul (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post/The National)
Iran and Turkey pledge to work together to fight extremism. (The National)
The Lebanese parliament fails again to elect a new president. (Xinhua)
Corruption plagues Qatar’s world cup preparations. (New York Times)
The Jordan Times says Australia is disregarding international law, by deciding to stop referring to East Jerusalem as occupied area. (Jordan Times)
Zvi Bar’el says the US is being forced to compromise in the Middle East. (Ha’aretz)
Jonathan Cook says elections will be the most difficult test for the new Palestinian government. (The National)
Ha’aretz says Israel should not force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers. (Ha’aretz)
Uri Savir says Pres. Peres’ leadership is not only a reflection of Israel, but more importantly, a projection of what it should aspire to be. (Jerusalem Post)
Hassan Barari says the Syrian presidential election was designed to “rehabilitate and legitimize” Pres. Assad. (Jordan Times)
Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Nassif Hitti say time has come to consider the necessity of establishing a conference on security and cooperation in the Middle East. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Khairallah Khairallah says Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria harmed whatever was left of Lebanese sovereignty. (Al Arabiya)
The Daily Star says, from the judiciary to the education system, Lebanon needs to overhaul its approach to sexual violence. (Daily Star)
The National says military conscription in the UAE will have many benefits. (The National)

June 9th

Pope Francis says Israeli and Palestinian leaders must respond to their people’s yearning for peace. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/AFP/Ha’aretz/Ynet/Times of Israel/The National)
Israel seeks the return of PA forces to Gaza. (Ha’aretz)
European Commission Chief Barroso says the new Palestinian government must be supported. (AFP)
PM Netanyahu’s office says Israel will not unilaterally withdraw from the occupied West Bank. (Times of Israel)
Finance Minister Lapid calls settlement construction in the occupied West Bank a “waste of money.” (AP/Xinhua/JTA)
FM Lieberman says annexation is inapplicable to Israel's current situation with the Palestinians. (Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)
Israeli Interior Minister Sa’ar dismisses the idea of an independent Palestinian state, but calls for Jordan to play an integral part in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Times of Israel)
UN Envoy Serry meets in Gaza with four ministers of the new Palestinian government. (Ma’an/AP)
Banks in Gaza remain closed as a crisis over salaries continues to challenge the new Palestinian government. (Ma’an)
The new Palestinian government brings rare hope for refugees. (The National)
Human Rights Watch says the killing of two Palestinian teenagers during a protest in the occupied West Bank might constitute an Israeli war crime. (Reuters)
Egypt is reportedly willing to permanently open the Rafah crossing. (Ma’an)
The Israeli parliament will vote for a new president. (AP)
Sec. Clinton writes in her memoir that she disapproved of early efforts by the Obama White House to push Israel toward a complete freeze of settlement activity. (Jerusalem Post/AP)
Pres. Assad declares a general amnesty for prisoners in Syria. (AP/Xinhua)
Hezbollah leader Nasrallah calls on the US to talk to Assad if it wants to settle the crisis in Syria. (Washington Post)
Lebanese Druze leader Jumblatt says Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria was a “moral mistake.” (The National)
Pres. Sisi promises to rule Egypt in an inclusive manner. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/The National)
The inauguration highlights Sisi’s shaky international standing. (Reuters)
Egypt arrests seven men for sexually assaulting a student during celebration of the inauguration of Sisi. (AP)
Libya’s Supreme Court rules the GNC’s election of PM Maiteeq was unconstitutional.  (Reuters)
The UAE issues a law requiring compulsory military service for adult males. (AP)
Hussein Ibish says Australia's decision to no longer call East Jerusalem occupied is an attack on international law and order.(The National)
The Christian Science Monitor says the Vatican prayers for the Middle East serve as a reminder of the universal desire for peace. (Christian Science Monitor)
Hazem Balousha says Hamas seeks to reclaim political influence by using the PLO.  (Al-Monitor)
Gabriel Webber says students in the UK have defeated BDS by bringing pro-Israel and pro-Palestine students together. (Ha’aretz)
Roger Cohen says comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa is a “moral calumny.”(New York Times)
Jose Manuel Barroso says without progress in the peace negotiations, the EU’s growing cooperation with Israel will be greatly complicated. (Ha’aretz) 
Dani Dayan proposes a plan to “create a new civil reality” in the occupied West Bank. (New York Times)
Ben Caspit says Netanyahu’s political fortunes depend on maintaining relations with Washington. (Al-Monitor)
S. Daniel Abraham asks if Israelis really want a “Jewish state.” (Ha’aretz)
Shlomo Ben-Ami says the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations should spur a fundamental reconsideration of a paradigm of peace making.  (Jordan Times)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed asks how will Sisi confront the accumulated economic failures threatening Egypt and his presidency. (Al Arabiya)
H.A. Hellyer says Egyptians want change but it’s  not clear how much change they want, at what pace, and what they are willing to give up for it. (Al Arabiya)
Faisal Abbas write a letter to Sisi. (Al Arabiya)
Amina Al-Naqqash and Mohamed Abu Hamed debate whether Sisi will prioritize foreign policy or balance domestic and foreign policies. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Rami Khouri says the recent elections in the Arab world raise questions about Arab democracy. (Daily Star)
Amer Al Sabaileh says Jordan should adopt new and flexible strategies that guarantees it a role in the region. (Jordan Times)
The Jordan Times says Prince Zeid’s nomination to the post of UN High Commissioner for human rights is a national and personal achievement. (Jordan Times)
William Hague and Angelina Jolie say it is in our power to remove rape as a weapon of war from the world’s “arsenal of cruelty.” (The National)

June 6th

Israel’s settlement plans are condemned by the international community. (AFP/Times of Israel)
The US says its “deeply disappointed” by Israel’s plan to issue new building tenders in the occupied Palestinian territories. (Times of Israel)
The EU urges Israel to reverse its decision to build 1500 new settlement housing units. (Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post/Ynet)
Israeli officials tell the EU to focus on Syria and not on settlements. (Ha’aretz)
PM Netanyahu will convene a team of ministers to discuss additional measures against the new Palestinian government. (Ha’aretz)
DM Ya’alon says the new Palestinian government is presenting a “facade” and not truly interested in peace with Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
A poll indicates most Israeli Jews oppose unilateral actions in the occupied West Bank. (Ha’aretz)
A major challenge for Palestinian reconciliation involves dealing with the case of settling hundreds killed in fighting. (AP/Times of Israel)
The EU donates $335 million to UNRWA. (JTA)
The Red Cross visits the families of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners to carry messages from their relatives. (Ma’an)
Jerusalem is picked as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2016 by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. (Ha’aretz)
Israel is building a farm on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. (Ha’aretz)
The Palestinian national soccer team achieves its highest-ever FIFA ranking. (Ma’an)
Pres. Assad praises the Syrian election and Iran. (New York Times)
Pres. Peres tells Pres. Sisi that Israel remains committed to peace with Egypt. (Jerusalem Post/Reuters)
Egypt’s outgoing Pres. Mansour decrees sexual harassment a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. (AP)
Egyptian political parties are concerned over a draft parliamentary election law. (Reuters)
A poll indicates 40 percent of Iranians would be willing to give up a nuclear weapons program in return for the full removal of sanctions. (New York Times)
The Washington Post says the White House is right to work with the new Palestinian government. (Washington Post)
Bernard Avishai says Pres. Abbas is enhancing his popularity through forming the new Palestinian government. (New Yorker)
The Jordan Times says the international community has “unveiled” Netanyahu’s true intentions  by offering to work with the new Palestinian government. (Jordan Times)
Ha’aretz says Netanyahu must change his attitude to the new Palestinian government. (Ha’aretz)
Shmuel Rosner says Israel should not annex the occupied West Bank. (New York Times)
Shlomi Eldar interviews former Fatah official Sufian Abu Zaida. (Al-Monitor)
Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas sees a visit to Russia as a means to end its regional isolation. (Al-Monitor)
Botros Mansour says Israel’s attempts to attract Palestinian Christian citizens of Israel to voluntary military service will see limited success. (Al-Monitor)
The National says the US has not only refused to act on Syria but has also prevented its allies from doing so. (The National)
Raed Omari says Europe’s proximity to Syria presents serious dangers from the conflict. (Al Arabiya)
The Daily Star says the Syrian regime is detached from reality, by insisting on having a role in the choice of a new Lebanese president. (Daily Star)
Hanin Ghaddar says, if you are a Shiite in Lebanon, you must “surrender” your life to the resistance. (Now)
Samir Salha says Turkish–Israeli relations have always been influenced and affected by their relations with other states. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Mary Fitzgerald asks if Gen. Haftar is finally reining in out-of-control Islamist militias. (Foreign Policy)

June 5th


Israel advances plans for 1500 new settlement housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories. (AP/AFP/PNN/Ha’aretz/JTA/The National)

The PLO will appeal to the UNSC over Israel’s settlement plans. (Ma’an/Xinhua)

Israeli Chief Negotiator Livni says settlement building is a “diplomatic mistake.”(Jerusalem Post)

US Amb. to Israel Shapiro condemns Israel’s new settlement plans. (Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)

The US has reportedly been speaking to Hamas through back channels for more than six months. (Ynet/Buzzfeed)

Sec. Kerry defends the US decision to work with a new Palestinian government. (AP/Ha’aretz)

The White House says Israel’s “hard line public position” on the new Palestinian government isbelied by its own actions. (Ha’aretz)

The question of Hamas is the latest dispute between the US and Israel. (New York Times)

Pres. Abbas will reportedly seek to secure an Egyptian role in supervising reconciliation with Hamas. (Ma’an)

The Australian government will no longer refer to East Jerusalem as a territory under occupation. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Clashes break out in Gaza as PA public employees attempt to withdraw their salaries from ATM machines. (Reuters/Ma’an)

Abbas urges the new Palestinian government and the Central Elections Commission to start preparing for the upcoming elections. (Xinhua)

PM Hamdallah urges the international community to pressure Israel to allow elections to take place in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

An Israeli military court says Palestinian minors have the right to see a social worker before remand. (Ha’aretz)

Jewish “price tag” extremists set fire to dozens of olive trees in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an) 

PresAssad is re-elected in a landslide. (AP/Reuters/New York Times/The National)

Kerry calls the Syrian election a “great big zero.” (Washington Post)

UN Humanitarian Chief Amos tells Assad to put his country's people first. (Reuters)

Chinese Pres. Xi calls for a political resolution for Syria. (Reuters)

Ayatollah Khamenei says Pres. Obama has taken the option of military intervention to resolve conflicts off the table. (New York Times)


The LA Times says the US should continue to support the PA. (Los Angeles Times)

Akiva Eldar says the Arab Peace Initiative is Israel’s best option. (Al-Monitor)

Khaled Diab says the Palestinian literature festival demonstrates that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” (The National)

Salman Masalha says, despite the new x-ray machines, the “brutal treatment” of Palestinian citizens of Israel at Ben-Gurion Airport continues. (Ha’aretz)

The Jordan Times says the Syrian presidential election was a “sham.” (Jordan Times)

Rachel Brandenburg says the amount of assistance required to meet the basic needs of Syrians affected by the conflict is astounding. (Foreign Policy)

Faisal Al Yafai says, before his assassination, Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir foresaw the extent of Assad’s brutality in Syria. (The National)

The Daily Star says the timing of Kerry’s visit to Lebanon is significant and so is his message. (Daily Star)

Joyce Karam says Kerry in Lebanon looked more like a spectator than a problem solver. (Al Arabiya)

Michael Young says focusing on Hezbollah, may tell us what the ultimate outcome will be in the Lebanese presidency. (Daily Star)

June 4th


PresAbbas swears in a new Palestinian government. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post/Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel/The National)

PM Netanyahu wants the new Palestinian government to be isolated. (AP/New York Times/AFP/PNN/Ha’aretz/JTA)

Sec. Kerry voices his concerns to Abbas about Hamas’ role in the new Palestinian government. (AFP/Ynet)

The new members of the Palestinian government are named. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)

Kerry will reportedly meet with Abbas on Wednesday in Jordan. (Ma’an/PNN)

Israel’s security cabinet will meet to discuss the new Palestinian government. (Ha’aretz)’

Israel will withhold Palestinian tax revenues to the PA. (Xinhua/Times of Israel)

Egypt opens the Rafah crossing for three days. (Ma’an)

An attorney, who is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, cannot find an apartment in Tel Aviv. (Ha’aretz)

Israel responds to a mortar launched from Syria. (AP/Ha’aretz)

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah reportedly holds meetings with Hamas officials. (Jerusalem Post)

Syrians will vote in the presidential election tomorrow. (AP/New York Times)

Hassan al-Nouri, who is a US educated businessman, is running against Pres. Assad in the Syrian presidential election. (Washington Post)

Russian FM Lavrov says Russia will oppose a UN resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveriesto Syria. (Reuters)

Lebanon warns Syrian refugees that if they return to Syria they will lose their refugee status. (Xinhua)

Egyptian islamists torch shops owned by Coptic Christians near Luxor. (AP)

Clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist militants in Benghazi kill eight.(Reuters)

Ayatollah Khamenei urges better ties with Arab countries. (AP)

The UN says violence in Iraq killed 799 people in May. (AP)

Qatar reportedly paid millions in bribes to host 2022 World Cup. (The National)


Ha’aretz says Israel’s refusal to deal with the new Palestinian government is “puzzling and damaging.” (Ha’aretz)

Ali Jarbawi says the election of Egyptian Pres. Sisi has given Palestinians hope that their cause will return to the forefront of Arab affairs. (New York Times)

Shlomi Eldar says Hamas will not challenge the PLO’s agreements with Israel. (Al-Monitor)

Tal Niv says Israelis can no longer make use of the army and debase it to make “murderousness the norm.” (Ha’aretz)

Sever Plocker says it's time to replace Netanyahu and Abbas' indecision with the resolve of Pres. Obama, Pres. Putin, Chanc. Merkel and Sisi.  (Ynet)

Jonathan Schienberg says Palestinian businessman Bashar al-Masri has a plan for building democracy in the occupied West Bank. (Foreign Policy)

Lipika Pelham says Munib al-Masri has a vision for Palestine. (Times of Israel)

Amer Al Sabaileh says Jordan has no intention to alter diplomatic relations with Syria after the expulsion of Amb. Suleiman. (Jordan Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Egypt will either bring security to the entire region or become a source of regional problems. (Al Arabiya)

The National says Egypt needs a modern day Marshall plan. (The National)

Rami Khouri says the west has “worsened” the terrorist threat in the Arab world. (Daily Star)

Theodore Karasik asks if Gen. Haftar will be the next charismatic and nationalist leader of Libya. (Al Arabiya)

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