Israel’s four Arab parties have decided to run together in the upcoming elections. (Reuters/Ha’aretz/Ynet)

Pres. Obama and Sec. Kerry will not meet with PM Netanyahu during his trip to Washington in March. (AFP/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Israel approves the construction of 2500 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank. (PNN)

200 Palestinians from Gaza attend Friday’s prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

Egyptian naval forces shoot and injure a Palestinian fisherman. (Ma’an)

A Druze student is attacked by gang of Jewish extremists in Jerusalem after he was overheard speaking Arabic. (Ynet)

DM Ya’alon warns that Israel will make Lebanon and Syria “pay” for any Hezbollah action against Israel. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dies and his brother Salman becomes king. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post/Foreign Policy/The National/Al Arabiya)

World leaders react to the death of King Abdullah. (AP/JTA/Times of Israel/Jordan Times)

Pres. Abbas declares three days of mourning for King Abdullah. (Ma’an)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia pledges to maintain existing foreign and energy policies. (Reuters/New York Times/AP/Washington Post/The National)

Extremists affiliated with ISIS have posted an online warning about the impending murder of two Japanese hostages. (AP)

Yemen suffers a power vacuum after Pres. Hadi resigns in exasperation following the Houthi coup. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post) 


Nahum Barnea says Netanyahu has made a dangerous deal with the Republicans. (Ynet)

Ron Kampeas looks at what Israel may face at the ICC. (JTA)

Shlomi Eldar asks if a united Israeli Arab party can survive the upcoming elections. (Al-Monitor)

The Times of Israel interviews French Amb. to Israel Maisonnave. (Times of Israel)

Theodore Karasik looks at King Abdullah’s legacy for the GCC. (Al Arabiya)

Abdullah Hamidaddin says King Abdullah was the “king of hearts.” (Al Arabiya)

Elizabeth Dickinson looks at the legacy of King Abdullah. (The National)

The Daily Star says King Abdullah will be remembered as a friend of Lebanon and a champion of moderation in a turbulent region. (Daily Star)

Amir Taheri looks at the four key players in the Syrian conflict. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Fareed Zakaria provides a four-part strategy for the West to combat Muslim extremists. (Washington Post)

Charles Krauthammer looks at Iran’s quest to dominate the Arab world. (Washington Post) 

The Washington Post says Obama’s Yemen strategy is crumbling. (Washington Post)


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