May 22nd


Israel's Supreme Court orders the AG to explain the seizure of Palestinian land in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ha'aretz)
The case is the first significant test of Israel's Absentee Property Law in a long time. (BBC)
Israel's AG complains that planning and construction laws in the occupied territories are not enforced against settlers. (YNet)
An Israeli soldier who will not serve in the occupied Palestinian territories is jailed for six months. (AP)
Israel is considering a crackdown on West Bank protests. (Ma'an)
Palestinians say Israeli occupation forces shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy during a West Bank protest. (AFP)
Israel demolishes four Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma'an)
A Palestinian NGO reports that abuses by authorities are on the rise, and last year two Palestinians died in PA custody and nine in Hamas detention. (AP/Jerusalem Post)
Kidnapped Egyptian soldiers are released in Sinai, as one militant is killed and three are arrested. (Xinhua)
Egypt's military response in Sinai was coordinated with Israel, and deepened tensions with Hamas. (The Tower)
With the Sinai crisis resolved, Egypt reopens the Gaza border crossing. (Ma'an)
Hamas says it is willing to shut down all Gaza smuggling tunnels if a commercial crossing is opened. (Ma'an)
Israel cancels a three mile limit on Gaza fishing. (New York Times)
Finland's FM urges a complete lifting of the Gaza blockade. (Xinhua)
Hamas is tightening travel restrictions in Gaza. (Al Monitor)
Women in Gaza are struggling to find an economic role amid high unemployment. (Al Monitor)
West Bank businesses are struggling to grow amid economic uncertainty. (WGBH)
Israeli forces arrest three PA security officers in connection with the death of a settler in 2011. (Ma'an)
Israel's chief negotiator Livni says the impasse with the Palestinians is bad for Israel. (AP)
Israel warns Syria about attacks on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and Syria says it has aright to retaliate against Israel. (AP/Xinhua)
Reuters looks at the new Palestinian film, "Omar." (Reuters)
A Palestinian flag is raised over City Hall in Paterson New Jersey, in probably an American first, celebrating Palestinian-American Day in the city. (JTA)
Rachel Shabi says the new report on the Muhammad al-Dura affair shows Israel is obsessed with propaganda and spin. (The Guardian)
Ben Caspit says Israel was right to publish its new report on the Muhammad al-Dura affair. (Al Monitor)
Uzi Baram says Israel is facing a leadership crisis on many questions, including the Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)
Dani Dayan says Israel shouldn't agree to any land swaps with the Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)
Brent Sasley says Israel was right to apologize to Turkey. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
Semih Idiz says PM Erdogan doesn't seem to know how to handle the question of Gaza. (Al Monitor)
Arnaud de Borchgrave says, under current conditions, Israel is not going to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state. (UPI)

May 21st


Sec. Kerry phones Israeli Amb. Oren to object to Israeli plans to "legalize" four "unauthorized" West Bank settlement outposts. (Ha'aretz)
Kerry is returning to the region for more peace efforts this week. (The Guardian)
Palestinian officials say they have done everything they can to cooperate with US peace efforts, including delaying possible moves in multilateral organizations, and say there is "a good opportunity" at hand. (AP)
The Emir of Qatar says the "Arab Spring" has made Israeli-Palestinian peace were urgently needed than ever. (YNet)
The Yesh Atid leader, Finance Minister Lapid, says he favors an immediate return to negotiations with Palestinians despite recent comments to the New York Times that provoked a backlash within his own party. (Jerusalem Post)
Egypt launches a rescue effort for officers kidnapped by extremists in the Sinai Peninsula. (New York Times)
Egyptian soldiers protesting the kidnappings maintain the closure of the Gaza crossing pointfor a fourth day. (Xinhua/Los Angeles Times)
Israelis and Palestinians continue to quarrel over what exactly happened to 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura at the start of the second intifada. (AP)
The boy's father denounces a new Israeli government report claiming he was never kill that all, insisting his son was "killed in cold blood." (Xinhua/Israeli International Affairs and Strategy Ministry/Ma'an)
Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz defends the report. (Jerusalem Post)
An Israeli court postpones a decision on the eviction of 10 Palestinians from a hotly contested neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma'an)
Israeli forces say they fired back across the frontier separating Syria and the occupied Golan Heights when they were attacked across cease-fire lines. (Reuters)
Two are killed in a suspected clash between feuding clans in Gaza. (Ma'an)
The EU denies it is delaying proposed plans to label all Israeli settlement products. (Ma'an)
The Zionist Organization of America regains its tax-exempt status. (JTA)
The Gaza hip-hop group Palestinian Unit persists in spite of a ban against it by Hamas on the grounds they "too Western." (Al Monitor)
A veteran psychologist and Palestinian refugee in Lebanon is counseling newly-arrived Syrianrefugees. (Daily Star)
Tal Harris asks which, if any, Israeli decision-makers are capable of responding seriously to the Arab Peace Initiative. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
Ha'aretz calls the new Israeli government report on Mohammed al-Dura "harmful propaganda." (Ha'aretz)
Herb Keinon says it's not clear whose interests are being served by resurrecting the controversy. (Jerusalem Post)
Shlomi Eldar also wonders what, 13 years after the fact, the report's authors could hope to be achieving. (Al Monitor)
Michael Wilner says Israel is concerned about a new State Department report finding discrimination against non-Jews and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
Amos Harel says Israel should save its resources for dealing with Iran, not Syria. (Ha'aretz)
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi looks at the growth in Gaza of Salafist extremists opposed to Hamas. (Jerusalem Post)
Adel Safty says Israelis must begin to understand the injustice faced by Palestinian refugees. (Gulf News)
Samar El Yassir says Palestinian refugees in Syria are particularly vulnerable. (Al Monitor)
A.B. Yehoshua says it's time to redefine Zionism realistically for the contemporary era. (Ha'aretz)
AFP and Variety look at the new Palestinian film "Omar." (AFP/Variety)

May 20th


Egyptian security forces may be preparing to mount a rescue operation for seven kidnapped officers in Sinai. (Ma'an)
Protesting Egyptian security forces keep the Gaza crossing closed for a third day. (Xinhua)
PM Netanyahu again pledges to prevent any transfer of arms from Syria to Hezbollah, anddenies Israel prefers Pres. Assad to the rebels. (Xinhua/Ha'aretz)
Gunfire from the Syrian conflict again lands in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (AP)
Mohammed al-Dura's father calls for an international probe into whether Israeli forces killed his son at the start of the second intifada, and says he's willing to exhume his son's body. (Ha'aretz/Jerusalem Post)
Finance Minister Lapid, whose political star appears to be dimming slightly, says Israel should pursue an interim agreement with the Palestinians. (New York Times/AP)
Israel says it will return the land of a small evacuated settlement to its original Palestinian owners. (Xinhua)
An Israeli court issues an injunction against extending the West Bank separation barrier through a village noted for its ancient terraces. (Christian Science Monitor)
Israel cancels a UNESCO fact-finding mission to Jerusalem, saying Palestinians "politicized" the initiative. (Jerusalem Post)
Gaza fishermen are struggling to maintain their livelihood as Israel restricts their areas of activity. (Christian Science Monitor)
Gaza smuggling tunnels are frequently staffed by children. (Al Monitor)
The LA Times looks at the plight of Palestinians in "Area C." (Los Angeles Times)
The Jordanian government squashes an initiative in Parliament to expel the Israeli ambassador. (The Media Line)
Palestinians recall the destruction of an East Jerusalem neighborhood by conquering Israeli forces in 1967 in the immediate aftermath of the war. (The Forward)
Palestinians are suing Israel for the return of 6,000 books seized in aftermath of the 1948 war. (The National)
Barak Ravid says a new Israeli report on the Mohammed al-Dura affair, which claims the boy was never killed at all, is almost surreally misguided. (Ha'aretz)
Rami Khouri looks at the gap between Arab public opinion and government policies. (Daily Star)
Shmuel Rosner looks at the campaigns for Israel's chief rabbi positions. (New York Times)
Amira Hass looks at a new one-state document, which does not mention Jews or Israelis, released in the occupied West Bank. (Ha'aretz)
Omar Barghouti says boycotts could be an effective form of pressure against Israel. (The National)
Tamara Cohen says Israel must protect its Bedouin citizens. (Jerusalem Post)
Shlomi Eldar says Israel's changing assumptions on Syria may indicate its assumptions were faulty from the outset. (Al Monitor)
Barry Rubin says Israel should still consider Iran its greatest regional threat. (Jerusalem Post)
Leonard Fein says both Israelis and Palestinians failed to recognize each other's legitimate narratives. (The Forward)
Ithamar Handelman-Smith asks, if Israeli law protects the right of settlers to defend themselves with arms, might that law not apply to Palestinians as well? (Ha'aretz)
J. Dana Stuster asks if the Arab World is still moved by Nakba Day. (Foreign Policy)
Ha'aretz says the Israeli government needs to stop trying to rewrite the history of the Nakba. (Ha'aretz)

May 17th


Egyptian police close the Gaza border to protest the kidnapping of four of their colleagues. (AP)/
The UN Security Council denounces the brief abduction of three peacekeepers in the no man's land separating Israeli and Syrian forces. (Xinhua)
CIA chief John Brennan visits Israel. (AP)
UNESCO says it will send a fact-finding mission to Jerusalem to look at Israel's policies. (Ma'an)
Pres. Abbas meets with Pres. Morsi in Cairo. (Xinhua)
PM Erdogan will visit the West Bank and Gaza in June. (Xinhua)
An Egyptian Coptic cleric says he will sue the Israeli police over alleged abuse during Easter ceremonies. (AP) 
Shin Bet joins an educational program aimed at convincing young right-wing Jewish radicals to reform. (Xinhua)
The PA takes some radio stations off the air after they don't pay their licensing fees. (Ma'an)
Some Fatah officials issue statement calling for a one-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)
Palestinian journalist and author Nasser al-Din al-Nashashibi passes away in Jerusalem. (Ma'an)
Barak Ravid says Sec. Kerry's diplomatic efforts look "naive and ham-handed." (Ha'aretz)
Marwan Muasher says he doubts Kerry's well-intentioned efforts to revive the Arab Peace Initiative will succeed. (Foreign Policy)
Jason Alexander explains why the quest for Middle East peace is important to him. (YNet)
Ahmad Majdoubeh says a Palestinian state is inevitable. (Jordan Times)
The National says Palestinian unity talks must start to yield results. (The National)
Shay Hazkani says most Israeli state files about the Palestinian exodus in 1948 remain sealed, but enough material exists to show in many cases they were forcibly expelled. (Ha'aretz)
Shlomi Eldar says that for settlers, Israeli law is just a recommendation. (Al Monitor)
Nathan Guttman says supporters of Israel question the long-term impact of Stephen Hawking's boycott of an Israeli government conference. (The Forward)
Ahmad Azem looks at the nature and extent of Hamas-Qatari ties. (Al Monitor)
The New York Times looks at "State 194," the new film about PM Fayyad's institution-building program. (New York Times)
The LA Times says "State 194" is "a smart look" at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Los Angeles Times)

May 15th


Palestinians protest on the 65th anniversary of the Nakba. (AP)
On the anniversary of the Nakba, some Palestinians reiterate the importance of the right of return. (Xinhua)
Critics decry Israel's silence on the Arab Peace Initiative. (AP)
The ICC lead prosecutor says she has received a complaint about Israel's 2010 flotilla raid and will investigate. (AP)
Palestinian journalists say they were assaulted by Israeli occupation forces near Bethlehem. (Ma'an)
Israel says mortar shells from Syria have again landed in the occupied Golan Heights. (AP)
Dutch prosecutors say they will not go ahead with charges against a company that rented equipment used to build Israel's West Bank separation barrier. (AP)
After meeting in Cairo, Fatah and Hamas once again agree to form a unity government, this time within the next three months. (AP)
Reports in the Arab media suggest Iran may have convinced Syria to allow Hezbollah to open a front against Israel on the Golan Heights. (Ha'aretz)
Palestinians are returning to a Christian village in the northern Galilee. (The Guardian)
Google's inclusion of Palestine in its list of landing pages is a small change that has made a big difference to Palestinians. (NPR)
A Jerusalem family specializes in tattooing Orthodox pilgrims for Easter. (AP)
KFC food is being smuggled through Gaza tunnels. (Xinhua)
Ownership of a profitable amusement park in northern Gaza is mysterious, as Hamas denies controlling it. (The National)
women's collective in a Gaza refugee camp specializes in traditional cuisine. (The Guardian)
Palestinians in the West Bank compete with Chinese-made kaffiyehs. (Christian Science Monitor)
The Boulder, Colorado City Council is considering sister city-relations with Nablus. (The Denver Post)
David Kenner interviews Hamas leader Mishaal. (Foreign Policy)
Ibrahim Sharqieh says 65 years after the Nakba, Palestinians have little to cheer about. (CNN)
The National says the pain of the Nakba has not diminished over time. (The National)
Marco Greenberg says Israel could learn a thing or two about PR from Google. (Ha'aretz).
Asmaa al-Ghoul looks at Islamic Jihad's relationship with Iran and Iranian arms. (Al Monitor)
George Robinson looks at a new movie, "State 194," about PM Fayyad's institution-building program. (The Jewish Week)
Ben Caspit looks at the future of Israel's defense budget. (Al Monitor)
Omar Shaban argues the Palestine Investment Fund needs reform. (Al Monitor)

May 14th


Several Palestinians are injured by Israeli occupation forces during Nakba day protests in the West Bank. (Ma'an)
Hundreds of Arab and Jewish students commemorate the Nakba at Tel Aviv University. (Xinhua)
Pres. Putin and PM Netanyahu discuss Syria. (AP)
Israel is moving to bolster the Palestinian economy and build ties to the PA. (Xinhua)
Israel shuts Gaza's only commercial crossing for Jewish holidays. (Xinhua)
Human rights groups say Pres. Abbas is preparing to criminalize torture. (Ma'an)
Palestinians say settlers burn fields near Nablus. (Ma'an)
Jewish extremists are accused of "price tag" attacks inside Israel and the occupied territories. (Ma'an)
A Palestinian man convicted of hijacking a plane in 1968 has been deported from Canada after 26 years in prison. (AP)
In remarks targeted mainly at the Syrian regime, Hamas says it rejects the rule of any Arab state over Palestinians. (Xinhua)
Netanyahu is under fire for his allegedly "costly lifestyle" at the public expense. (AP)
Israeli occupation authorities plan to build about 1,000 Palestinian homes in "Area C." (Jerusalem Post)
Shlomi Eldar says he knows the basics of Sec. Kerry's peace proposal. (Al Monitor)
Ami Ayalon says the recent Arab League statement on land swaps was nothing new. (Ha'aretz)
Anshel Pfeffer is concerned about the dreams some Israelis have to destroy Muslim holy places and replace them with a Jewish temple. (Ha'aretz)
Linah Alsaafin says the PA is struggling to find a way to stop Israeli expansion in the occupied Jordan Valley. (Al Monitor)
Hilary Rose and Steven Rose say Steven Hawking's boycott of an Israeli government conference was significant because of the importance of science to Israel's economy. (The Guardian)
Steve Caplan says Hawking should have gone to Israel and listened to Israelis and Palestinians. (The Guardian)
Moshe Arens says Israel is already a binational state and must do more to integrate its Arab citizens. (Ha'aretz)
Abeer Ayyoub says Palestinians were divided over the visit of Islamist cleric Qaradawi to Gaza. (Al Monitor)
Elisheva Goldberg says a new candidate for Sephardi Chief Rabbi in Israel is a noted anti-Arab racist. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
Bernard Avishai says Israelis need to rethink the interplay between peace and security in light of regional instability. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
Larry Diamond says Israel and its neighbors desperately need a US-brokered two-state solution. (The Atlantic)
Ori Nir says Israelis and others need to stop pretending the occupation is normal or routine. (Chicago Tribune)

May 13th

A dozen regional Christian leaders complain they were mistreated by Israeli police during Orthodox Easter services. (AP)
Pres. Abbas says Israeli settlers must be stopped from entering Muslim holy places in Jerusalem. (Xinhua)
Draft laws by Hamas to impose harsh "religious" punishments, including amputations for theft, spark a major controversy in Gaza. (Al Monitor)
Palestinian NGOs urge the PA and Hamas to stop issuing new laws and decrees as long as the schism prevails. (Xinhua)
Fatah and Hamas are due to meet again in Cairo on Tuesday regarding national unity. (Xinhua)
PM Fayyad says insuring press freedom should be one of the main responsibilities of the PA. (Ma'an)
An Israeli cabinet minister accuses Russia of destabilizing the Middle East by selling arms to Syria. (AP)
Palestinian public sector employees once again strike due to delayed salary payments. (Ma'an)
Israeli forces arrest two former Palestinian militants who had been granted amnesty. (Xinhua)
In June the PA will stop paying fines imposed by Israel on Palestinian detainees. (Ma'an)
An Israeli interrogator accused of torture says detainees must be made to feel anything is possible. (Ha'aretz)
Abbas says renewed negotiations require Israeli recognition that a two-state solution is the intended outcome. (Xinhua)
The Times of Israel describes what it calls "secret" negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in 2010. (Times of Israel)
The Israeli government says it is postponing planned settlement expansions in occupied east Jerusalem "for political sensitivity." (Jerusalem Post)
Israeli settlers are divided on the approach of a military commander in the occupied West Bank. (Ha'aretz)
In the latest twist to a long-running saga, Israeli officials now claim a young boy, Muhammad Al-Dura, believed shot during the start of the second intifada, was never killed at all. (Jerusalem Post)
Efraim Halevy says the Israeli government doesn't want the Assad regime to fall. (Foreign Affairs)
Elie Podeh says Israel is missing a huge opportunity by ignoring the Arab Peace Initiative. (Ha'aretz)
Nathan Guttman asks how big a breakthrough the recent Arab League statement really is. (The Forward)
Rami Khouri calls China's recent peace proposal "intriguing." (The Daily Star)
William Sutcliffe talks about his new novel "The Wall." (The Guardian)
Shlomo Avineri accuses cosmologist Stephen Hawking of hypocrisy for boycotting an Israeli government conference. (Ha'aretz)
The Boston Globe says Hawking had every right to make his nonviolent protest. (Boston Globe)
Akiva Eldar calls Hawking's boycott "unjust and unwise." (Al Monitor)
Barry Rubin says, with the region in political turmoil, bashing Israel has become almost pointless. (Jerusalem Post)
Asmaa al-Ghoul says Islamic Jihad takes a much harder and clear line than Hamas in opposing a two-state solution. (Al Monitor)
Lara Friedman and Daniel Seidemann say, in opposing Google's inclusion of Palestine in its range of landing pages, some Israelis are the ones clinging to a virtual reality. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

May 10th


In comments directed towards Israel, Hezbollah claims Syria will provide it with "game changing" weapons. (New York Times)
Sec. Kerry and Pres. Abbas discuss peace in a phone call. (Xinhua)
Israeli officials suggest talks with Palestinians may resume in June. (YNet)
Palestinian officials say Kerry may present a new peace proposal in early June. (The Media Line)
Sec. Hagel says the US is determined to support its Middle East allies, including Israel and Egypt. (JTA)
El Salvador is set to establish diplomatic relations with Palestine. (JTA)
Israel arrests 13 Palestinians, and, in a separate incident, a PA security officer, in the occupied West Bank. (Xinhua/Ma'an)
In a visit to Gaza, the prominent Doha-based Islamist cleric Qaradawi rejects Israel's existence. (AP)
PLO officials say Israel's latest settlement announcement "sabotages" the possibility of new peace talks. (AFP)
Palestinians say they have called for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss Jerusalem. (Ma'an)
With no actual elections in sight, the Palestinian "reality" TV show, "The President," is a big hit. (AP)
The boycott of an Israeli government conference by cosmologist Stephen Hawking gives new prominence to the BDS campaign. (CSM)
Israelis are more confident in Pres. Obama than Palestinians, but both want him to take the lead on peace. (JTA/Jerusalem Post)
Young Palestinians and Israeli settlers hold a rare meeting to discuss coexistence in occupied Hebron. (Ma'an)
Lior Akerman, a former senior Israeli security official, says PM Fayyad's resignation is a loss for both Israelis and Palestinians. (Jerusalem Post)
Guy Bechor says Israel shouldn't go forward with new peace talks until Palestinians hold a new national election. (YNet)
Jonathan Cook says Israel isn't interested in a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians. (The National)
Nir Hasson says the construction of Route 20 in northern Jerusalem makes any future division of the city far more difficult. (Ha'aretz)
Bradley Burston says extreme right-wing "pro-Israel" advocacy is often just self-defeating hate speech. (Ha'aretz)
Jennifer Lipman says Hawking's boycott of an Israeli government conference won't inform or change anyone's views. (The Guardian)
The Economist says the boycott campaign can carry a heavy price for some Palestinians. (The Economist)
Eyad Abu Shakra says Israel's air strike in Syria was designed to send multiple messages to various parties, and seems successful. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Asmaa al-Ghoul says Palestinian Islamic Jihad is reshaping and intensifying its political profile. (Al Monitor)
Akiva Eldar says "Jerusalem Day" means nothing when it's not celebrated by 67% of its residents. (Al Monitor)
Nadav Eyal says PM Netanyahu is striking a different tone on peace these days, probably in response to US policy. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
Nick Witney and Daniel Levy say, if Europe is going to make a difference, it's going to have to really oppose Israeli expansionism. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

May 9th


President Obama and PM Netanyahu discuss regional security and Middle East peace in a phone call. (Reuters)
Sec. Kerry will visit the Middle East again in two weeks and reiterates there is a short windowfor renewed peace efforts. (AP)
Former Pres. Clinton will also visit Israel in June. (Xinhua)
China is also attempting to begin to become a player in Middle East peace. (New York Times/AP)
The State Department urges respect for freedom of worship after charges Israel restricted Palestinian Christian travel to Jerusalem this Easter. (JTA)
A senior figure in the Israeli Shas party urges Netanyahu to adopt the Arab League peace initiative. (Ha'aretz)
Israeli media reports the government has approved 296 new settlement housing units near Ramallah. (Ma'an)
Israel releases the grand mufti of Jerusalem after questioning. (New York Times)
Young Palestinians clash with Israeli occupation forces at the Al Aqsa mosque compound. (Ma'an)
Pres. Peres assures Jordan that Israel will honor agreements regarding holy sites. (Jerusalem Post)
The UN decries rising poverty in occupied East Jerusalem. (Al Jazeera)
Fatah officials say Palestinians don't take orders from the Syrian regime. (Jerusalem Post)
Physicist Stephen Hawking confirms his refusal to attend an Israeli government conference is in protest against its policies towards the Palestinians. (New York Times/AP)
Hawking's critics say if he wants to boycott Israel he should stop using Israeli technology in his communications equipment. (The Guardian)
An Israeli human rights group says half the Palestinians killed in Israel's last Gaza operationwere civilians. (Ha'aretz)
Israel launches its first automated drone. (Xinhua)
Doha-based Islamist cleric Qaradawi visits Gaza, which Fatah condemns. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)
A parliamentary delegation from Bahrain is also visiting Gaza. (Ma'an)
Jordanian prisoners are hunger-striking against the peace treaty with Israel. (The Media Line)
Hamas says it's trying to root out Israeli spy networks in Gaza. (Reuters)
China and Israel set up a task force to increase trade. (South China Morning Post)
Palestinians report there are growing indications of oil in the occupied West Bank, which Israel may be quietly exploiting. (UPI)
Egypt summons the Israeli ambassador over alleged mistreatment of Egyptian staff at the embassy in Tel Aviv. (Xinhua)
The Israeli state may be considering closer ties with J Street. (YNet)
Lara Friedman says it's completely wrong to think Netanyahu has frozen settlement construction or expansion. (Daily Beast/Open Zion) 
The CSM profiles Palestinian activist turned scholar Mohammed Dajani. (Christian Science Monitor)
Ha'aretz says proposed new legislation in Israel would undemocratically stifle criticism of Israeli military actions. (Ha'aretz)
Chemi Shalev says Hawking is now the "unlikely poster child" of the boycott movement. (Ha'aretz)
Carlo Strenger accuses Hawking of hypocrisy. (Ha'aretz)
Ben White says Hawking should be commended for his boycott. (Al Jazeera)
Gershon Baskin says there is nothing "united" about Jerusalem under Israeli rule. (Jerusalem Post)
Gil Troy calls Israeli "price tag" vigilantes "morally bankrupt, politically foolish criminals." (Jerusalem Post)
Xinhua asks why Syria isn't responding to Israel's airstrike. (Xinhua)
Aaron David Miller says Kerry is right to try to get Arab states involved in the peace process, but is unlikely to succeed, and only the Israelis and the Palestinians can really make it happen. (Foreign Policy)
Brent Sasley says an Israeli law mandating a referendum on any peace agreement is a bad idea. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)
George Hishmeh says Israel's airstrike in Syria was designed to undermine the prospects of new peace talks. (Gulf News)
Abdullah Iskandar says Israel had no right to attack Syria. (Al Hayat)
Nassif Hitti says the Arab League can help Israelis and Palestinians negotiate. (Al Monitor)
Douglas Bloomfield says the Arab League has to get involved in a meaningful way. (Jerusalem Post)
Ron Kampeas says Qatar is trying to make its name as a Middle East peacemaker. (JTA)
Badar Salem looks at the myriad challenges faced by gay Palestinians. (Al Bawaba)

May 6th

Pres. Abbas is visiting China and seeking diplomatic support there. (New York Times/Ma'an)
PM Netanyahu is also visiting China, focusing on economic issues, but is joined by the head of Israel's military intelligence. (AP/Ha'aretz)
China's hosting of the two leaders indicates a desire for a larger Middle East role. (AP)
Syria blames Israel for an air raid against targets near Damascus. (New York Times)
The attack prompts anger and threats in Syria, which says "all options are open." (AP/Washington Post)
Syria accuses Israel of using depleted uranium shells during the attack, and of aiding Al Qaeda. (Jerusalem Post/Asharq Al-Awsat)
Israeli reaction focuses on growing tensions with Syria. (AP)
Israel cancels civil air flights in its northern regions due to growing tensions along the frontiers with Syria and Lebanon. (Xinhua)
Many see a message in the action to Iran. (New York Times)
The airstrike highlights conundrums faced by the Arab League. (AP)
Tensions grow in the West Bank as 1000 Israeli right-wingers and troops visit a holy site. (Ma'an)
Israel allows the children of prisoners from Gaza to visit them. (Xinhua)
Hamas says two of its senior officials were denied entry into Egypt. (Ma'an)
The EU contributes €20 million to the PA to help pay April public sector employee salaries. (PNN)
The PLO denies Al Qaeda is operating in the Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp in south Lebanon. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
AP examines why Israel would attack Syria now. (AP)
The National says the Israeli airstrike complicates an already messy situation. (The National)
Barak Ravid says Netanyahu is making clear to Pres. Assad that Israel's only interest is in preventing weapons transfers to Hezbollah. (Ha'aretz)
Ben Caspit says, among other things, Israel is sending a message to Iran. (Al Monitor)
Kais Firro says the attack may actually play into Assad's hands. (Al Monitor)
Linda Gradstein asks Hezbollah is likely to retaliate against Israel. (The Media Line)
Chemi Shalev says the combination of Israeli action and American inaction in Syria has put growing pressure on Pres. Obama. (Ha'aretz)
Amir Oren recounts a conversation between Golda Meir and Henry Kissinger in 1974. (Ha'aretz)
Ian Black says a new, post-Oslo model for peace is required. (The Guardian)
Adnan Abu Amer interviews Hamas leader Mishaal, who says US peace efforts will fail. (Al Monitor)
Adel Safty asks why, if Netanyahu is really interested in peace, he continues to build settlements. (Gulf News)
The Daily Star says the Arab League should pay more attention to what the Palestinians want. (The Daily Star)
Musa Keilani says Netanyahu doesn't want to relinquish any occupied territories and wants Palestinians to accept that. (Jordan Times)
Rami Khouri says the revival of the old peace process will yield the same failed results. (The Daily Star)

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