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News:

The PLO will reportedly lodge its first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the ICC onApril 1. (AFP/JTA)

The EU is seeking to bolster the Quartet by closely involving Arab states. (Reuters)

Palestinians urging a boycott of Israeli products have begun confiscating goods in the West Bank. (AP)

Israeli occupation forces shoot and injure a young Palestinian man during clashes in the West Bank. (Ma’an)

A video shows Israeli soldiers urging dogs to attack a Palestinian child, who they claimed threw rocks at them. (Ma’an/Ha’aretz)

An Israeli student throws bottle at MK Zoabi. (Ma’an/PNN/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

PM Netanyahu will address Congress today. (Reuters/New York Times/AP/Washington Post/Times of Israel)

49 Democrat members of Congress will not attend Netanyahu’s speech today. (New York Times/JTA/Ha’aretz)

Many in Iran have been awaiting the address by Netanyahu because they hope his blunt approach will turn American public opinion against him. (New York Times)

poll indicates Netanyahu is as popular as ever in the US. (Ha’aretz)

Deputy Sec. Blinken warns tensions with Israel could last until the end of the Obama administration in 2016. (Ynet)

Iraqi forces try to seal off ISIS around Tikrit. (Reuters/The National)

An American intelligence official says Iran is involved in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. (AP)

A new study says Syria’s civil war can be linked, in part, to a record drought worsened by global warming. (AP/New York Times)

Pres. Obama says Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a deal to be reached. (Reuters)

Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand “unacceptable.” (Reuters/Times of Israel)

NSA Rice says a bad nuclear deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all. (AP/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Commentary:

The Jordan Times says a lasting solution to radicalism and extremism in the region must begin with ending the Israeli occupation. (Jordan Times)

Adnan Abu Amer looks at women’s role in Hamas. (Al-Monitor)

Shibley Telhami says the consequences of Netanyahu’s speech for Israel in American politics may be long lasting. (Foreign Policy)

Faisal Abbas says Netanyahu gets it right when it comes to dealing with Iran. (Al Arabiya)

Anshel Pfeffer says Netanyahu is in Washington to ensure he sees the White House from the inside next time he's in town. (Ha’aretz)

Amos Harel looks at what’s missing from Netanyahu’s arguments in Washington. (Ha’aretz)

Hassan Barari looks at Netanyahu’s “showdown” with Obama. (Jordan Times)

Nahum Barnea says Netanyahu’s speech will be judged by its effect on an Iranian deal. (Ynet)

Richard Cohen says Israel’s “moral argument” is on the line. (Washington Post)

Gregg Carlstrom says Netanyahu’s Washington speech is being criticized by Israeli spies, generals, and pundits. (Foreign Policy)

Bradley Burston says Netanyahu’s Congress speech is not really about Iran. (Ha’aretz)

David Hazony says Netanyahu should speak to Congress. (The Forward)

Akiva Eldar asks if Obama has a “secret weapon” against Netanyahu. (Al-Monitor)

The New York Times says ISIS’s needs are so great that shutting down its financing is a major opportunity for the West. (New York Times)

Maajid Nawaz says Britain’s universities have been infiltrated by Islamist extremists for years. (New York Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed looks at how ISIS’ exploits girls and women. (Al Arabiya)

News:

Gaza residents fear more isolation after an Egyptian court declares Hamas a terrorist organization. (AP)

Hamas supporters rally in Gaza against the Egyptian court ruling. (Ma’an)

Hamas is reportedly trying to mend its relationship with Iran. (Times of Israel)

Gaza’s only power plant is due to shut down by the end of this week as donor funding for fuel has run out. (Ma’an)

Israel says it has busted an Israeli-Palestinian smuggling ring that funneled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Gaza. (AP/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

A Palestinian court postpones its verdict in the graft trial of exiled former Fatah official Dahlan. (AFP) 

King Abdullah of Jordan says the absence of Middle East peace will complicate the anti-terror fight.  (Jordan Times)

Israeli occupation forces detain eight Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

The IDF calls up 13000 reservists and holds a surprise training exercises in the occupied West Bank. (JTA)

The US and Israel show signs of seeking to defuse tensions ahead of a speech in Washington by PM Netanyahu. (Reuters/Washington Post) 

Netanyahu and top US officials are set to face off in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations. (AP/New York Times)

Sec. Kerry accuses the UN Human Rights Council of being obsessed by allegations of Israeli abuses. (Reuters/Washington Post/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

The Iraqi army and Shiite militias launch an offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIS. (Reuters/AP/Washington Post/New York Times/The National)

Former Sec. Powell says the failure of Iraqi government allowed ISIS to flourish. (The National)

AP looks at how “Islamic is ISIS.” (AP)

Pres. Sisi meets with King Salman in Riyadh to discuss Middle East crises. (Reuters/The National)

PM Ensour announces a cabinet reshuffle. (Reuters/Jordan Times)

Audio recordings of senior Egyptian officials suggest that when Morsi was president, the UAE gave the Egyptian Defense Ministry money for a protest campaign against him. (New York Times)

The Washington Post looks at the conditions inside a Saudi prison. (Washington Post)

FM Zarif says a nuclear deal hinges on the US will to lift sanctions. (Reuters)

Kerry warns that a public discussion of details of the ongoing P5+1 negotiations with Iran will make itmore difficult to reach a deal. (AP/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Commentary:

Ahmad Melhem says recent clashes in the West Bank between security forces and protesters have triggered Palestinian fears that stability will be difficult to restore. (Al-Monitor)

Moshe Arens says the reason prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement are hardly discussed ahead of the election is that the vast majority of Israelis don’t believe in them. (Ha’aretz)

Avi Issacharoff says Netanyahu’s electoral trip to Washington will ignore the occupied West Bank to Israel’s peril. (Times of Israel)

Nahum Barnea asks if Netanyahu’s speech is “historic or hysteric.” (Ynet)

David Rothkopf says Pres. Obama needs to refocus the discussion on the larger Mideast strategy. (Foreign Policy)

Yochi Dreazen and Colum Lynch profile Amb. Dermer. (Foreign Policy)

Rami Khouri says Netanyahu is threatening the US-Israel relationship. (Daily Star)

Don Futterman asks AIPAC delegates to stand with Israel and not with Netanyahu. (Ha’aretz)

Jackson Diehl says in appealing to Congress, Netanyahu may win votes but hurt ties. (Washington Post)

Ray Takeyh looks at Ayatollah Khamenei’s “strategic genius.” (Washington Post)

The Daily Star looks at the repercussions of an Iranian nuclear deal. (Daily Star)

Hussein Ibish says organisations that counter extremism struggle to find funding. (The National)

Robert Grenier says we should remember that the threat posed to the US by radical Islam, while real, is not an existential one. (New York Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Iran is at Saudi Arabia’s frontiers. (Al Arabiya)

Hisham Melhem says an Arab world without its Christian communities will be more insular, more rigid, less hospitable and more desolate. (Al Arabiya)

Gerard Russell says it would be tragic if the Assyrians leave the region. (The National)

News:

Oxfam says the rebuilding of Gaza could take more than a century if Israel maintains its blockade. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Israel will use frozen Palestinian tax revenues to offset the PA’s electricity debt. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

PM Netanyahu intervenes to approve water links to the Palestinian city in the occupied West Bank, Rawabi. (Washington Post)

Israel says more commercial goods are being allowed into Gaza. (Ma’an)

Farmers in Gaza continue to suffer the consequences of massive losses incurred during last summer’s war. (Ma’an)

Italy’s parliament will vote today on recognition of the State of Palestine. (PNN/Reuters)

billboard campaign is launched in Ireland to urge the government to recognize the State of Palestine. (Ma’an)

Jordan condemns the arson attack against a Greek Orthodox seminary in occupied East Jerusalem. (Jordan Times)

The Israeli army is setting up a unit to probe alleged criminal acts during wartime. (Ha’aretz)

With borders closed, Palestinians in Gaza are unable to make the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. (AP)

Hundreds of Jewish Israelis with armed guards visit the Tomb of Joshua in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)

Nadia Hilou, the first female Palestinian Christian MK elected to the Knesset dies. (Ynet)

British artist Banksy goes to Gaza and films the devastation there in the wake of last summer's war. (Reuters/The National)

AIPAC is reportedly opposed to Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress. (Times of Israel/Al-Monitor)

The White House will send NSA Rice and Amb. Power to the upcoming AIPAC conference. (AP/New York Times/JTA/Times of Israel)

Netanyahu will meet with both Democratic and Republican Senate leaders in Washington. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

former Mossad chief Dagan criticizes Netanyahu’s handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. (AP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

PM Cameron vows to use all means at his disposal to hunt down British militants such as "Jihadi John." (Reuters)

A financial report says in order for ISIS to remain financially viable it will have to further expand the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria. (Reuters)

ISIS extremists in northern Iraq destroy a priceless collection of statues and sculptures from the ancient Assyrian era. (Reuters/New York Times)

UNESCO Chief Bokova denounces ISIS's destruction of ancient statues and artifacts as "cultural cleansing" and a war crime that the world must punish. (AP)

A UN official seeks havens for Syrian refugees in Europe. (New York Times)

King Abdullah holds talks in Cairo with Pres. Sisi. (Jordan Times)

The leader of the Houthi rebel group in Yemen accuses Saudi Arabia of fueling unrest to divide the country. (New York Times)

Sec. Kerry will will travel to Switzerland next week to resume nuclear talks with Iran's FM Zarif. (AP) 

Commentary:

The Daily Star says the international community must condemn the “hate crime” in Jerusalem. (Daily Star)

Rasha Abu Jalal looks at the plight of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons. (Al-Monitor)

Shlomi Eldar interviews Palestinian journalist Majdi Arbid. (Al-Monitor)

Isaac Herzog says that although Israelis put security first and need all Americans as their ally, Netanyahu is hurting that goal. (New York Times)

Betty McCollum explains why she will not be attending Netanyahu’s speech in Congress. (Washington Post)

Ron Kampeas says Netanyahu’s speech is straining bipartisanship ahead of the AIPAC conference. (JTA)

Aaron David Miller asks if Pres. Obama’s relationship with Netanyahu is broken. (Foreign Policy)

George Hishmeh says Netanyahu’s presence in Washington next week could turn the political situation between the US and Israel upside down. (Jordan Times)

Ha’aretz says Netanyahu is insisting on damaging Israel's ties with the US. (Ha’aretz)

Carolina Landsmann says Israel’s democrats must vote for opposition leader Herzog. (Ha’aretz)

Majid Rafizadeh says striking an accord in the first phase of the P5+1 nuclear talks is very likely. (Al Arabiya)

David Brooks says the P5+1 negotiations with Iran are based on misguided premises and could have disastrous outcomes.(New York Times)

David Ignatius says America is the ally Egypt needs. (Washington Post)

Amir Taheri says Pres. Erdogan acknowledges the evils of the Assad regime but ignores the equally evil ISIS. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Mshari al-Zaydi says fighting ISIS is the duty of all Arabs. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Fareed Zakaria says Muslims must lead the battle against extremism. (Washington Post)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed asks if Yemen’s former Pres. Saleh really has $60 billion. (Al Arabiya)

News:

 

Israeli extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem and spray hate slogans on the walls. (Ma’an/PNN/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

The PLO condemns attacks on Christian and Muslim holy sites. (Ma’an)

Extremist Jewish settlers spray-paint racist graffiti on the walls of a Palestinian school near Nablus. (Ma’an/Ha’aretz)

Palestinian activists descend on Ramallah to enforce the boycott of Israeli products. (Ynet)

Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank will vote in the upcoming election. (AP)

Israeli opposition leader Herzog calls on PM Netanyahu to cancel his upcoming Congressional speech. (AP/Jerusalem Post/Ynet)

Sec. Kerry reminds Americans that Netanyahu visited Washington in late 2002 to lobby for the invasion of Iraq. (New York Times/Times of Israel)

Following attacks by ISIS, Palestinian refugees in Iraq continue their search for a new, safe place to call home. (Times of Israel)

The “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted ISIS beheading videos is reportedly Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post/The National)

A coalition aistrike in western Iraq kills at least 17 ISIS militants overnight. (Reuters)

ISIS extremists have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in Syria during a three-day offensive. (Reuters/AP)

Christian leader in Syria urges US-led air strikes to help repel an attack by ISIS militants on their villages. (Reuters)

French lawmaker faces party sanctions for holding talks in Damascus. (Reuters)

The US is looking to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns. (AP)

ISIS is reportedly selling looted Syrian art in London to fund its battles. (Washington Post)

The UAE buys two Boeing C-17s. (Reuters)

King Abdullah and King Salman call for pan-Arab anti-terror efforts. (Jordan Times)

The US Embassy in Amman warns citizens of threat against malls in Jordan. (Reuters/Times of Israel/The National/Jordan Times)

Israeli and Jordanian officials sign a historic agreement on water trade. (Jerusalem Post)

Commentary:

Nicholas Kristof says Israel squanders political capital and antagonizes even its friends with its naked land grabs in the West Bank. (New York Times)

Abdullah Abu Rahmeh says Bil'in's villagers have become known as the “Palestinian Gandhis” for their popular struggle against the occupation. (Ha’aretz)

Gideon Levy says Israel is heading towards another violent eruption with Palestinians in Gaza. (Ha’aretz)

Akiva Eldar says all signs indicate that Netanyahu rejects a two-state solution. (Al-Monitor)

Shlomi Eldar asks if Israeli Jews will vote for the joint Arab list in the upcoming election. (Al-Monitor)

Carol Giacomo asks if Netanyahu and Speaker Boehner are hurting the American-Israeli relationship. (New York Times)

Dov Zakheim says Netanyahu must stay at home and not put the Israeli-American relationship at risk. (Foreign Policy)

Daniel Drezner looks at Netanyahu’s “blinkered view” of American politics. (Washington Post)

Robert Einhorn says Washington should make every effort to negotiate a sound agreement which can effectively deter an Iranian nuclear breakout. (New York Times)

Raphael Ahren says Netanyahu’s Congressional speech is “historic” and a “dangerous gamble.” (Times of Israel)

Hussein Ibish looks at the growing controversy regarding “how Islamic is ISIS.” (NOW)

The Agenda interviews Graeme Wood and Hussein Ibish on ISIS’ esxpansion into Libya. (TVO)

Alan Philps says US strategy in Iraq may open the door for the return of former PM Maliki. (The National)

The Jordan Times says the abduction of Assyrian Christians in Syria by ISIS highlights the plight of Christian communities in the Middle East. (Jordan Times)

H.A. Hellyer says the education sector in the Arab world will need to be reformed to counter ISIS. (The National)

Caryle Murphy looks at the implications of King Salman’s swift moves to build his new court. (Foreign Policy)

Joyce Karam says since the beginning of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration has not missed an opportunity to express surprise at major events shaping the region. (Al Arabiya)

News:

Extremist Jewish settlers torch a Palestinian mosque in the occupied West Bank. (AP/Ma’an/PNN/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

A poll indicates a slight majority of Americans favor the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. (JTA)

Israel Electric will cut the power flow to the West Bank cities of Nablus and Jenin for about 30 minutes for the second time in two days. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

After being forced out from Damascus, Hamas is establishing itself in Turkey. (Ynet)

An autopsy shows a Palestinian teenager killed by Israeli occupation forces was shot at a close range. (Ma’an)

Palestinian girl is injured after being run over by a settler vehicle in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma’an/PNN)

The new Palestinian city Rawabi has condos, a mall and a sports club — but no water. (Washington Post)

The Artist, a new magazine published in Gaza aims to introduce Palestinian artists to the public. (The Media Line)

NSA Rice says PM Netanyahu's decision to address Congress next week is "destructive" to US-Israel relations. (AP/New York Times/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Netanyahu turns down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington. (AP)

Amb. Dermer has reportedly unsuccessfully lobbied the envoys of at least two Arab countries to attend Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. (JTA/Times of Israel/Ynet/The Atlantic)

Netanyahu’s office denies American reports that Israeli NSA Cohen objected to the premier's decision to address Congress next week. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

wave of bomb attacks around Baghdad kill 37 people. (Reuters/AP)

ISIS extremists abduct at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in Syria. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post)

Kurdish militia press a big offensive against ISIS in Syria, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq. (Reuters)

Human Rights Watch says the Syrian government has dropped so-called barrel bombs on hundreds of sites in the past year. (New York Times)

Pres. Obama meets with Qatar’s Emir al-Thani. (AP/The National) 

Retired Libyan Gen. Haftar will reportedly meet with Israeli officials in Amman. (Jerusalem Post)

Yemen’s Houthis take over a US special forces army base in Sanaa. (Reuters)

UN experts say Yemen’s former Pres. Saleh is suspected of corruptly amassing as much as $60 billion. (Reuters)

King Abdullah of Jordan will meet with King Salman today in Riyadh. (Jordan Times)

Sec. Kerry defends P5+1 negotiations with Iran before Congress. (AP/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Commentary:

Zvi Bar’el says by controlling water, electricity and taxes Israel is showing the PA who’s the boss. (Ha’aretz)

Ha’aretz says the PA and parts of occupied East Jerusalem are totally dependent on Israeli power, and cutting off a city means directly harming essential services. (Ha’aretz)

Elhanan Miller says despite a putative ban, Israeli products still abound on Ramallah store shelves. (Times of Israel)

The New York Times debates what the recent ruling of the US court means for the future of the PA. (New York Times)

Hazar Masri-Hussein says Israeli politicians are avoiding dealing with the issues of racism and Jewish-Arab relations. (Ynet)

Yossi Mekelberg says the unity of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the upcoming election must benefit the Arab constituency and the entire country. (Al Arabiya)

Shai Franklin says Obama should send a high level representative to the upcoming AIPAC conference. (JTA)

Thomas Friedman says ISIS is a product of decades of failed governance in the Arab world.  (New York Times)

David Kenner says former PM Maliki is quietly plotting a return to power. (Foreign Policy)

The National says a new army post that consolidates two of Libya’s many fighting factions offers hope. (The National)

Michael Young says Lebanon was expected to be the least resistant to the sectarian anarchy sweeping the region but has managed to stay afloat. (The National)

The Jordan Times says Jordan and Kuwait are a model of sound pan-Arab relations. (Jordan Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Turkey would have had a greater regional role if it abandons petty alliances and avoids poking its nose in Arab domestic affairs. (Al Arabiya)

David Ignatius says an Iran deal would be good for the region. (Washington Post)

The New York Times says recent talks offer hope that the protracted nuclear threat from Iran can be resolved peacefully. (New York Times)


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