October 30th

A New York Times article profiles G.hos.t, an internet start-up company with offices in Israel and the West Bank (1). Israeli politician Yossi Beilin announces that he will retire from politics following the February elections (2). The Quartet will meet November 6 in Sharm el-Sheik to discuss the state of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks (3). A rocket fired from the Gaza strip results in the Israeli closure of cargo crossings (4). Israel is set to attend an interfaith meeting sponsored by Saudi Arabia at the United Nations (8). A group of Israeli Arab politicians seek to establish a political party to represent their community (11).

October 29th

Israel schedules early elections for February 10th (1). Chris Phillips examines the Arab-Israeli peace talks in an op-ed for The Guardian (2). A boat of activists arrives on the shores of Gaza to draw attention to Israel’s blockade (3). The Israeli military defends their ‘shoot-to-kill policy, following the deaths of three Palestinian youths last week (4). Hamas warns that the recent arrests of their members in the West Bank may harm the upcoming unity talks (5). Retired Major General Amos Gilad discusses Israel’s current strategic environment in an article published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (9).

Time Magazine examines the challenges facing Palestinian Security Forces in the West Bank of town Hebron (1) where they were active this weekend (3). The chief Palestinian negotiator announces that there will be no peace agreement this year (2). Britain urges Israel to freeze settlement activity (4). Palestine takes steps to reduce their energy dependence on Israel (5). Israel’s Knesset tentatively agrees on February 10th elections (6). Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak says he favors restricting right-wing extremists from the West Bank (9).

October 27th

U.S. General Keith Dayton, security coordinator in Palestine, is interviewed by Al-Ayyam (1). Tzipi Livni abandons efforts to form a coalition government in the face of noncooperation from the Shas party (2). However an Israeli national poll reports that she is maintaining her edge over rival Benjamin Netanyahu (4). The Independent’s Donald Macintyre examines the world of Gaza’s underground smuggling tunnels (3). Palestine hosts its first international soccer game (5). Violence continues to mar the olive harvest in the West Bank (6).

October 24th

The New York Times profiles how the larger Israeli-Palestinian conflict is playing out in the contested West Bank town of Nablus (1). The Christian Science Monitor examines the current calm in the midst of so many changing administrations (2). The World Bank announces that the price of property in the West Bank has soared to a level unreachable by most Palestinians (3). The Israeli ultra-Orthodox Shas party has refused to join Tzipi Livni’s coalition government (4). Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat urges the next U.S. President to continue efforts towards a peace deal (5).

October 23rd

The Los Angeles Times answers some basic questions regarding the formation of Israel’s new ruling coalition (1). The World Bank issues a report citing Israeli restrictions as a main inhibitor of economic growth in the West Bank (2). Israeli President Shimon Peres lends his support to the revival of the Arab peace initiative (3). Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joins West Bank farmers to help with the olive harvest (4). Israel approves the deployment of additional Palestinian Security Forces in Hebron (5). An Israeli citizen is stabbed and killed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem (7).

October 22nd

Egypt drafts a proposal for consensus government between Fatah and Hamas (1) (4). Palestinians are hopeful at the prospect of a revival of Saudi involvement in the peace process (2) (6). Israel closes Gaza crossings in response to the rocket fired yesterday (3). Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas appoints a new intelligence chief in continued reshuffling of high level positions within his government (7) (11). Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is scheduled to meet with Mahmoud Abbas next week in an attempt to keep the peace process moving (9).

October 21st

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights asserts that 68 children have been killed in the Gaza strip in the past year as a result of actions by the Israeli military (1). Egypt invites Hamas and Fatah to meet in Cairo on Nov. 9 for reconciliation talks (2), and Hamas lends tentative support to the plan (3). Swedish lockmaker Assa Abloy, in response to criticism from human rights groups, announces that it will move its production plant out of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank (5). Israel clears three recently erected wildcat settlements from the West Bank (6).

October 20th

In an op-ed for The Boston Globe Ephraim Sneh outlines the Mideast challenges facing the next U.S. President (1). Another op-ed by Ian Black in the UK’s Guardian addresses the same set of challenges and suggests an Arab peace initiative as vital to keeping Israeli-Palestinian negotiations afloat (2). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemn settler violence against Palestinians during the olive harvest (4) (8) . Tzipi Livni receives a two-week extension to continue building a coalition government (7).

October 17th

Hamas calls the financial troubles looming over America "God's punishment" (5). Israeli Prize laureate Zeev Sternhell makes a cogent and persuasive argument for ending West Bank settlement (6). A cache of weapons and explosives is discovered in a tunnel near Hebron (7). M.J. Rosenberg sums up encouraging signs of progress in both Palestine and Washington (9). The radical elements of the settler movement increase the scope of their attacks on IDF soldiers and Palestinians (10).

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