Israeli occupation forces arrest 29 Palestinians suspected of links to Hamas in an overnight raid in the West Bank. (AP/Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Hamas says the unity government should commit to previously agreed-to understandings regarding salaries of civil servants. (Ma’an)

A Palestinian activist says local fighters in Yarmouk have advanced in clashes with ISIS. (AP)

Vandals attack a Christian graveyard in a village near Israel’s northern border with Lebanon. (AFP)

The UN says Gaza's Deir al-Balah refugee camp is to receive $40 million in funding. (Ma’an)

The first Palestinian business conference will take place in May. (Ma’an)

PM Netanyahu and opposition leader Herzog reportedly hold a secret meeting over unity government. (JTA)

White House entry log show Amb. Dermer is cut off from Pres. Obama’s staff. (Ha’aretz)

ISIS seizes villages in Iraq’s Anbar province. (Reuters/AP)

bomb in north Egypt kills two military academy students. (Reuters)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are considering whether to hold joint military exercises in the kingdom. (AP) 

The UNSC bans the sales of arms to Houthis in Yemen. (New York Times/Washington Post)

Sec. Kerry says he is confident Obama will be able to get Congress to approve a nuclear deal with Iran. (Reuters/AP)

Iran says it would only accept a deal if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it. (Reuters/Washington Post)

Israeli Intelligence Minister Steinitz says he is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achievedbetween Congress and the Obama administration. (Reuters/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)


Charles Fromm says as long as accountability continues to elude decision-makers, Gaza’s agony will persist. (The National)

Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas is warily eyeing proposals for a long-term truce with Israel. (Al-Monitor)

The New York Times says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has created potentially dangerous uncertainties by approving a bill that would require Congress to vote on any final nuclear deal with Iran. (New York Times)

Gordon Adams says strikingly, Obama’s foreign-policy priorities have been both similar and consistent to those of former Pres. Bush. (Foreign Policy)

Vali Nasr says Saudi Arabia should welcome the Iran deal. (New York Times)

Aaron David Miller says the Arab world is a mess and its leaders don’t appear ready to assume much responsibility for fixing it. (Foreign Policy)

Rami Khouri looks at PM al-Abadi’s recent visit to Washington. (Daily Star)

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