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News:

Israel invites bids to construct 77 new homes in two settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, drawing a swift Palestinian condemnation. (Reuters/AFP/PNN/Jerusalem Post/The National)

The US says it will be hard to back Israel at the UN if it steps back from the two-state solution. (Ha’aretz)

Israeli police officers kill two Palestinian men in the occupied territories. (New York Times/Ma’an)

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat expresses skepticism about peace prospects with the next Israeli government. (Ynet)

Hamas leader Ahmad Yousef says there are "chats" taking place between the group and Israelunder European mediation. (Ma’an/Jerusalem Post)

A report indicates the amount of construction material that enters Gaza for its reconstruction amounts to only 10 percent. (Ma’an)

The National looks at the water crisis in Gaza. (The National)

Israel agrees to armed PA patrols in towns close to Jerusalem. (Times of Israel)

150 Jewish high school students will board the light rail in Jerusalem and converse in Arabic in a show of solidarity. (Times of Israel)

Israel says it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Golan Heights. (AP/New York Times/Washington Post/JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

DM Ya’alon says Iran continues to arm Hezbollah. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

The Saudi-led coalition targets Houthis and rebel army units in central Yemen and the capital Sanaa. (Reuters/New York Times/The National)

Yemen is struggling to import food as the Saudi-led coalition navies hold up more ships. (Reuters)

A coalition of Islamist rebels capture an army base in Syria’s Idlib province. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/The National)

Pres. Assad’s hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria. (Washington Post)

Hundreds of Syrian rebels are approaching the start of US training to fight against ISIS. (Reuters) 

Sec. Kerry and FM Zarif will meet at the opening of a UN conference on the global anti-nuclear weapons treaty. (Reuters/AP)

Former Pres. George W. Bush argues against the lifting of Iran sanctions. (New York Times/Jerusalem Post)

Commentary:

Hussein Ibish says attempts by the US congress to stop the BDS movement will further damage the peace process.  (The National)

Elliott Abrams and Uri Sadot look at the major implications for settlement expansion with a new Netanyahu government. (Foreign Affairs)

Uri Savir looks at how Netanyahu uses settlements to block a Palestinian state. (Al-Monitor)

Asmaa al-Ghoul says tensions are continuing to worsen within the Palestinian unity government over the issue of the Gaza employees. (Al-Monitor)

Rami Khouri says the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is stalemated, and the existing policy responses by both sides have been exhausted. (Daily Star)

Talia Sasson says Israel’s High Court is denying justice to Palestinian property owners. (Ha’aretz)

Alex Fishman looks at Israel’s “secret cooperation” with Hamas. (Ynet)

Felice Friedson looks at how Palestinian restrictions are eased with new Israeli permissions. (The Media Line)

Amos Harel says Israel's north is “heating up” and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah will have the “final word.” (Ha’aretz)

Avi Issacharoff says Hezbollah doesn’t want a large-scale conflict with Israel, but does want to deter the IDF from “crossing red lines.” (Times of Israel)

Theodore Karasik looks at the challenges facing “Operation Restoring Hope” in Yemen. (The National)

Mohammed Fahad al-Harthi asks if the US-GCC summit will strengthen ties. (Al Arabiya)

David Rothkopf says the Middle East is “pivoting” to Asia. (Foreign Policy)

Jackson Diehl says the US needs to support Middle East democracy. (Washington Post)

Elliott Abrams says comparing Pres. Sisi to Chilean dictator Pinochet is wrong. (Washington Post)

John Kerry and Ernest Moniz explain how to make sure Iran is a nuclear non-proliferator. (Foreign Policy)

Mohammad Ali Shabani says the West must expand upon progress on nuclear issues with Iran to push for a wider dialogue on regional peace. (New York Times)

Soner Cagaptay, James Jeffrey and Medhi Khalaj say Iran has had expansionist and imperial ambitions for centuries and a nuclear deal will not change that. (New York Times)

News:

The Israeli army strikes targets in Gaza after a rocket was fired toward Israel.(Ma’an/PNN/JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post) 

Israel says it would not tolerate rocket attacks, saying Hamas is responsible for keeping the peace in Gaza. (Times of Israel)

PLO official Ashrawi meets with UNRWA Commissioner-General Krahenbuhl to discuss the ongoing crisis for refugees in Gaza and Yarmouk. (Ma’an/PNN)

Israeli Deputy FM Hanegbi urges Palestinians to resume direct talks with Israel. (Jerusalem Post)

rooftop restaurant provides a rare bright spot in Gaza. (AP)

VP Bidenseeking to ease US-Israel strainspledges the delivery of new warplanes.(Reuters/AP/New York Times/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

As Yemen bombing subsides, Saudi Arabia could struggle with its new peacemaker role. (Reuters)

UNICEF says at least 115 children have been killed in Yemen since March 26. (AFP)

American officials say an Iranian convoy of ships suspected of carrying weapons for Houthis has turned around and headed north. (The National)

The US is reportedly considering training Iraqi troops to spot targets for American airstrikes in the fight against ISIS. (New York Times)

The New York Times profiles al-Qaeda’s American propagandist Adam Gadahn. (New York Times)

UN Syria Envoy de Mistura invites Syria's government and opposition groups for separate talks in Geneva next month. (Reuters)

Iran says nuclear talks with the P5+1 are making good but slow progress. (Reuters)

Israel’s Iranian Jews are worried about a nuclear deal. (Washington Post)

HRH Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan says terrorism is a disease that no country is immune from, calling on the world community to address challenges facing youths. (Jordan Times)

Commentary:

J.J. Goldberg says Republicans effort to forget about the Green Line is dangerous to Israel. (The Forward)

Grant Rumley says Hamas’ win in student elections at Birzeit University is the only discernible manifestation of democratic elections in Palestinian politics today. (FDD)

Asmaa al-Ghoul says women in Gaza are “shedding their veil” and sparking a debate about religiosity. (Al-Monitor)

Hussein Ibish says Saudi Arabia’s readjusted policy in Yemen suggests a potential for a political solution. (NOW)

Faisal J. Abbas says the war in Yemen is not sectarian. (Al Arabiya)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says poor governance is the cause behind the “poverty, ignorance and frustration” of the Yemeni people. (Al Arabiya)

Khairallah Khairallah says Hezbollah leader’s recent speech indicates Iran’s shock over the Yemen crisis. (Al Arabiya)

The New York Times says Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen needs to end and a political dialogue needs to be restarted.(New York Times)

The National says GCC security needs a new approach. (The National)

Aaron Zelin and Patrick Hoover look at what AQAP's operations reveal about its strategy in Yemen. (TWI)

Charles Krauthammer says Pres. Obama is handing regional power to Iran.(Washington Post)



News:

The PLO decries the continued implementation of the Absentee Property Law by Israel, condemning it as a flagrant violation of international law. (Ma’an/PNN)

Fatah official blesses the victory of the Hamas-affiliated student list in Birzeit University elections. (Ma’an/AP)

Wikileaks shows Sony executives were reportedly concerned by IDF's use of its cameras in Gaza bombings. (JTA)

The Armenian community of Jerusalem marks the 100th anniversary since the genocide in their ancestral homeland in Eastern Anatolia. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)

The White House is seeking to publicly mend fences with PM Netanyahu, but issues remain. (New York Times)

Pres. Obama says Netanyahu is not invited to the White House until after the Iran talks. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Russia says supplying Iran with S-300 missile defense systems is not a matter of the nearest future. (Jerusalem Post)

Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition strike Houthi targets in and around the Yemeni cities of Aden and Ibb. (Reuters/AP/Washington Post) 

Saudi’s Amb. to the US al-Jubeir says Yemen's war will turn against the rebels even as his government scales back its air offensive. (AP)

Def. Sec. Carter says the US is concerned a group of Iranian cargo ships may be carrying advanced weapons to Yemen. (Reuters/AP)

Police personnel and residents return to the Iraqi city of Ramadi as panic subsides. (Washington Post)

Houthis demand a complete end to Saudi-led attacks.(The National)

The group controlling Libya's coastal capital Tripoli says it would "confront" any unilateral EU movesto attack sites used by people-traffickers. (Reuters)

Chinese Pres. Xi says he backs a “fair and balanced” nuclear agreement with Iran. (Reuters)

Under Sec. Sherman and Iran's Deputy FM Araqchi will resume talks about curbing Iran's nuclear program today. (Reuters)

Commentary:

Hazem Balousha says the social divide is widening between the West Bank and Gaza. (Al-Monitor)

Akiva Eldar asks if Israeli national symbols sideline Palestinian citizens of Israel. (Al-Monitor)

David Horovitz says the current US administration has proved a vital ally to Israel but ties could and should have been closer. (Times of Israel)

Joyce Karam says the unraveling of the Yemeni state giving rise to Al Qaeda and proxy wars in Sanaa is a horror scenario for the Obama administration. (Al Arabiya)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed looks at how Saudi Arabia is defending itself from the Houthi threat. (Al Arabiya)

The National says the battle for Yemen is far from over. (The National)

The Daily Star says Houthis and their backers must now take the opportunity for peace, and take part in genuine dialogue involving all sides. (Daily Star)

Tariq Alhomayed says the Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” strikes a decisive blow against Iran and its regional followers. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Michael Young says border wars will determine Pres. Assad’s fate.(Daily Star)

H.A. Hellyer says Libya demands a new solution for its problems. (The National)

Aaron David Miller gives five reasons a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is coming soon. (Foreign Policy)

News:

New Zealand is working on a UNSC draft resolution to revive long-stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (AFP/PNN/AP)

The Scottish parliament discusses the recognition of the State of Palestine.  (Times of Israel)

Israel will remove the name of murdered Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir from thestate’s memorial to victims of hostile acts at the request of his father. (New York Times/Ma’an/JTA/Ynet/Jerusalem Post)

Debate ignites over Arab journalist’s role in Israeli independence event. (Washington Post/JTA)

Israeli police arrest Jewish settler who struck four Palestinians in a hit-and-run. (Ha’aretz)

Saudi Arabia announces end of month-long campaign of air strikes against Houthis and says it would back a political solution. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post/The National)

Rival forces continue fighting in Yemen despite a declared halt to a Saudi-led bombing campaign. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post)

Pres. Obama says the US has warned Iran not to send weapons to Yemen. (Reuters)

The timing and scope of sanctions relief are major sticking points in talks between Iran and the P5+1. (Reuters)

Turkey faces a delicate battle against ISIS sympathizers at home. (Reuters)

Turkey criticizes the sentencing of former Egyptian Pres. Morsi. (AP)

Commentary:

Yossi Mekelberg says the Europeans are ready to exercise pressure on a new Israeli government. (Al Arabiya)

Zvi Bar’el says, as Israel celebrate its 67th anniversary, it is unsure of itself as ever. (Ha’aretz)

David Horovitz profiles Pres. Rivlin. (Times of Israel)

Salman Aldossary asks if “Operation Decisive Storm” succeeded. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Andrew Bowen says “Operation Decisive Storm” laid the foundation for the most challenging phase of this multi-national effort to support Yemen’s future. (Al Arabiya)

Yochi Dreazen and Lara Jakes say Saudi Arabia’s decision to halt airstrikes in Yemen will make Obama’s life a lot less complicated. (Foreign Policy)

Rami Khouri says the GCC is facing a “regional tsunami.” (Daily Star)

David Ignatius looks at the emerging White House strategy in the Middle East. (Washington Post)

Henri Barkey looks at the Middle East’s chaotic future. (Washington Post)

Michael Young says the recent Lebanese weapons shipment from France highlights the changing role of the country's military. (The National)

Thomas Friedman looks at the challenges the Obama administration faces in negotiating with Iran. (New York Times)

The New York Times looks at how the case against Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post fits into Iran’s internal power struggles. (New York Times) 

News:

Members of the Join List decline an invitation by the Arab League for a meeting at the headquarters in Cairo. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Rawley says the UN is not facilitating any truce negotiations between Israel and Hamas. (Ha’aretz)

Hamas says ministers of the unity government do not have the authority to sign employees agreement. (Ma’an/AP)

Hamas imposes a new import tax on commodities entering Gaza, angering local merchants. (Times of Israel)

Bethlehem's local municipality is seeking protection for 12 known artworks by British graffiti artist Banksy across the city. (Ma’an)

Extremist Jewish settlers uproot 450 olive trees in Salfit. (PNN)

Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews in a revenge killing, is recognized as a terror victim. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Pres. Rivlin and PM Netanyahu decline requests for meetings with former Pres. Carter. (New York Times/Ha’aretz/JTA) 

Iran’s Deputy FM says he is optimistic that a ceasefire in Yemen would be announced later today. (Reuters)

The World Health Organization says health services in Yemen are on the brink of collapse. (Reuters)

A Houthi leader says the movement of more US warships into waters off Yemen escalates Washington's role and aims at tightening a "siege" on the country. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

The New York Times looks at what civilians in Sanaa are documenting on Twitter. (New York Times)

ISIS is exploiting Libya's lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria. (Reuters)

ISIS leader al-Baghdadi has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq. (The Guardian/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Iraqi security forces recapture areas lost earlier to ISIS in and around the battleground city of Ramadi. (AP)

An Egyptian court sentences former Pres. Morsi to 20 years in jail. (Reuters/Washington Post/The National)

Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, who is detained in Iran for nearly nine months facescharges of espionage and three other crimes. (AP/New York Times/Times of Israel/The National)

Commentary:

Ahmad Melhem says the Jordan Valley has been taken over by Jewish settlers who have barred Palestinians from using the land. (Al-Monitor)

Oudeh Basharat says opposition leader Herzog must form an alliance with Kahlon. (Ha’aretz)

Efraim Halevy says Israel's most important strategic interest still lies with the US. (Ynet)

Pervez Hoodbhoy says Saudi Arabia has reason to fear that Pakistan might no longer simply follow its diktats. (New York Times)

Faisal Al Yafai says Ali Abdullah Saleh is wrong to claim no-one has asked him to leave his country – millions of Yemenis did so in 2011. (The National)

Laura Kasinof asks why the world missed Yemen’s downward spiral. (Foreign Policy)

Jamal Khashoggi says Saudi Arabia rejects the tyranny of the Houthis because the latter is a front for Iranian expansion. (Al Arabiya)

The New York Times says Cairo gets $1.3 billion a year in US military aid despite its “abysmal human rights record.” (New York Times)

Diana Moukalled says the international community must reevaluate its outlook toward the tragedy in Syria, for which Assad’s regime must bear the largest weight of responsibility. (Al Arabiya)

Raed Omari says Hezbollah is on the verge of collapse. (Al Arabiya)

Salman Aldossary says Hezbollah leader Nasrallah’s extremist views damage the security of Lebanon. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Ilan Goldenberg and Ely Ratner say China is walking a fine line between Saudi Arabia and Iran. (Foreign Policy)

Tony Karon says by attaining breakout capability to build nuclear weapons, Iran has won itself “a seat at the grown-up table.” (The National)

Eyad Abu Shakra says Arab Shiites are Iran’s first victims. (Asharq al-Awsat)


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