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News:

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet in Jerusalem. (Reuters/PNN/JTA)

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold separate talks today with Special Envoy Indyk. (Times of Israel)

Jewish “price tag” extremists vandalize a mosque in northern Israel. (AP/Ma’an/PNN/Ha’aretz/JTA)

A journalist, who is a Palestinian citizen of Israel, is moved to house arrest in a case involving hisrecent visit to Lebanon. (New York Times/AFP/Ha’aretz)

Newly appointed Commissioner-General of UNRWA Krähenbühl vows to help end the blockade of Gaza. (PNN)

Sec. Kerry wants to ease restrictions for visa-seeking young Israelis. (Ha’aretz/JTA/Jerusalem Post) 

Tensions in Jerusalem are reflected in ugly rivalries over the Ras Khamis neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem. (New York Times)

Hamas says Egyptian authorities have kept the Rafah crossing with Gaza closed for 81 days in 2014. (Ma’an)

Gaza’s Zayed city provides much needed housing for Palestinians. (The National)

Gaza’s population keeps on growing. (Al Monitor)

A right-wing Israeli organization is trying to block Arab Idol winner Assaf from entering Israel. (Ha’aretz)

Christians mark Good Friday in Jerusalem. (AP/Ma’an)

Gunmen kidnap a Tunisian diplomat in Libya. (Reuters)

Turkish Pres. Gul rules out exchanging government positions with PM Ergodan. (Reuters)

Pursuant to a report by the IAEA, the US releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds. (Reuters/Jerusalem Post)

Commentary:

ATFP Pres. Ziad Asali says Arab men have to play a major role in the battle for women’s rights. (Huffington Post)

Ha’aretz says the frustration over the absence of progress in peace talks could lead Pres. Abbas to dismantle the PA. (Ha’aretz)

Ahmad Majdoubeh says if FM Lieberman wants to build good relations with “moderate Arab countries” then he should make peace with the Palestinians first. (Jordan Times)

Bakir Oweida says Israeli politicians must overcome the “fear of peace.” (Asharq al-Awsat)

Ben Caspit says Middle East turmoil has prompted an “Israeli military revolution.” (Al Monitor)

Avichai Stollar says a recently approved settlement in Hebron will exact an “unimaginable toll” on Palestinians living in the city. (Ha’aretz)

Zvi Gabbay says Israelis must wait for Palestinian unity to achieve peace. (Ha’aretz)

Aaron David Miller says the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is delaying a “day of reckoning.” (Foreign Policy)

Zeev Sternhell says Israel’s road to becoming like apartheid-era South Africa “has been paved.” (Ha’aretz)

The National says Pres. Assad must acknowledge that his regime survived because of Iran. (The National)

Raed Omari says Jordan is becoming increasingly impatient with Syria. (Al Arabiya)

The National says its time for young Algerians to form political parties and cultivate grass roots support. (The National)

The New York Times says Twitter should not comply with Erdogan’s demands. (New York Times)

Robert Zaretsky says the Algerian presidential election will maintain the country’s status quo. (Los Angeles Times)
 

News:
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will hold a meeting about peace talks with Special Envoy Indyk. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)
Pres. Abbas says he is willing to extend peace talks, but the first three months of them should focus on borders. (Ha’aretz/Ynet/Times of Israel)
The PA says communications with Israeli officials is at an all time low. (Ma’an)
The PLO says 800,000 Palestinians have been detained by the Israeli military since the 1967. (Ma’an/PNN)
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza rally for prisoners. (Ynet/AFP)
A blast in Gaza kills three Hamas militants. (New York Times/DPA)
Activists in Gaza are pushing for a two-state solution. (New York Times)
An overland aid convoy is due to arrive in Gaza next week. (Ha’aretz)
Israel arrests a journalist, who is a Palestinian citizen of Israel for travelling to Lebanon. (AP/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
Hamas is attempting to rebuild its regional alliances. (Al Monitor)
Israelis curious about Palestine are increasingly visiting Ramallah. (AP/Times of Israel)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says there is a rise in the assassination of journalists in Syria. (AP)
The Syrian opposition accuses the Assad regime of yet another poison gas attack. (Reuters)
The Syrian war is taking a heavy toll on Syrian culture, archeology and history. (New York Times)
Omani FM bin Alawi says the Gulf rift has been resolved. (Al Arabiya/Gulf News)
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/04/17/Report-Oman-FM-says-Gulf-rift-has-ended.htmlTerrorism in Egypt is spreading from Sinai to Cairo. (Al Monitor)
Arab bankers blame regional unrest for economic deterioration. (Jordan Times)
The IAEA says Iran has begun to cut its most highly-enriched nuclear stockpile. (Reuters/AP)
Commentary:
David Landau says the late Pres. Arafat showed how religious Jews can, like him, accept a two-state solution. (Ha’aretz)
Akiva Eldar examines Israel’s latest move to secure control over key areas in the occupied territories. (Al-Monitor)
Ha’aretz says Israelis must make the effort to learn Arabic. (Ha’aretz)
Joyce Karam says as Hezbollah is widening its mission in Syria, its softening its positions in  Lebanon. (Al Arabiya)
Eyad Abu Shakra says Arabs typiclally do not read history, and even those who do fail to adequately comprehend it. (Asharq al Awsat)
The Jordan Times says Jordan will do all it can to free its ambassador from a Libyan militia. (Jordan Times)
Charlotte Keenan says governments must start treating education as a security asset in combating extremism. (Jordan Times)
Alaa Al Aswany says soccer in Egypt is a mirror reflecting the “fierce struggle” between the old ways of the “ancien regime” and those who dream of a better future. (New York Times)
News:
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Thursday to try to extend peace talks. (Reuters/PNN/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
The State Department reiterates its support for the peace talks. (JTA)
Israeli police and Palestinians clash at a holy site in Jerusalem. (AP/Reuters/Ma’an)
PM Netanyahu blames Palestinian leaders for a Hebron killing. (AFP/Ynet)
Hamas praises a shooting that killed an Israeli in the occupied West Bank. (AP)
An Israeli plane bearing the Vatican logo will bring Pope Francis back to Rome after his May visit. (Ha’aretz)
Members of the UN Security Council view graphic photos taken in Syria. (Reuters/New York Times)
Some online videos show Syrian rebels using their first US-made rockets. (Reuters)
As the war in Syria rages, Pres. Assad prepares for presidential elections. (New York Times)
Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan resigns. (Reuters/Xinhua/The National)
Iraq shuts down the Abu Ghraib prison. (New York Times/AFP)
The Lebanese parliament will elect a President on April 23. (AP/The Daily Star)
An Egyptian court bans Muslim Brotherhood members from running in Egypt’s upcoming elections. (The National)
Commentary:
Hussein Ibish says drawing comparisons between Palestinians and Israelis is considered heresy on both sides. (Now)
Thomas Friedman says, since the 1967 war, Israel has changed dramatically, in ways it does not wish to acknowledge. (New York Times)
Michael Singh says the US should not neglect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Foreign Policy)
The Jordan Times says the recent statement by Israel’s mayor in Jerusalem shows Israel’s “true colors.” (Jordan Times)
Yossi Mekelberg says the international community wants a state called Palestine.  (Al Arabiya)
Ruth Marcus says the Camp David agreement demonstrates that history is “unknowable and malleable.” (Washington Post)
Ha’aretz says Israel’s new land grab in the West Bank “shatters hopes” for resolving the conflict with the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)
Ahmed al-Muslemany writes a letter to Hamas leader Meshaal. (Al Arabiya)
Michael Young says Hezbollah has “aided and abetted” the worst crimes of the Syrian regime.  (The National)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says its too early to declare an Assad victory in the Syrian conflict. (Al Arabiya)
Ali Ibrahim says Syrian children are most psychologically affected by the war because of their formative stage. (Asharq al-Awsat)
The National says Libya needs a comprehensive agreement that disarm militias in return for political participation. (The National)
Osama Al Sharif says in the Arab world elections and democracy are too different things.  (Jordan Times)

News:

An Israeli man is killed in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Ma’an/Ha’aretz)

Palestinian woman in Bethlehem is reportedly killed by Israeli tear gas. (Times of Israel)

Israeli forces injure Palestinian youth in Gaza. (Ma’an)

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accuses DM Ya’alon of destabilizing the peace process. (PNN)

The World Bank will provide $13 million in grant money for environmental projects in Gaza. (Ma’an)

Saudi Arabia denies FM Lieberman’s claim of “secret diplomacy.” (Ha’aretz/Ynet)

The Syrian opposition calls on the US to give an “appropriate response” to recent attacks in Aleppo. (Reuters)

The UN condemns the use of torture by Syrian authorities. (New York Times)

The OPCW says Syria has completed another shipment of chemical arms. (New York Times)

Jordan’s Ambassador to Libya is kidnapped after gunmen attack his car. (Reuters/AP/Jordan Times)

Gen Sisi formally submits signatures for his presidential bid. (AP/The National)

bomb explosion in Cairo wounds two policemen. (AP) 

Commentary:

The New York Times says Pres. Obama and Sec. Kerry should abandon the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and focus on Ukraine. (New York Times)

Hassan Barari says the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are often held hostage to the imperatives of Israel’s domestic politics. (Jordan Times)

Peter Beinart says seder’s demonstrate how American Jews are divided over Israel.  (Ha’aretz)

Yitzhak Laor says Israel’s freedom means the “imprisonment of others.” (Ha’aretz)

Carolina Landsmann says by maintaining the status quo, PM Netanyahu is turning Israel into an “apartheid state.” (Ha’aretz)

Faisal Al Yafai says the late Patrick Seale misinterpreted the origins of the Syrian civil war. (The National)

Maria Golia say Egypt’s power cuts shed light on the country’s many problems. (The National)

Raed Omari says Jordan’s Islamists are being “unreasonable.” (Al Arabiya)

Manal Tibi and Karima El-Hefnawi debate whether the Arab Spring has improved the status of women in Egypt. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Benjamin Weinthal says Germany may start to crackdown on Hezbollah. (Foreign Policy)

Octavia Nasr says Lebanon failed to learn from its civil war. (Al Arabiya)

News:

three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ends without clear sign ofprogress. (Ma’an/Jerusalem Post/JTA/Times of Israel)

FM Lieberman says the package deal being discussed is not the same as it was two weeks ago.  (Jerusalem Post/Ynet)

Israel appropriates Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank by recognizing another settlement outpost. (Reuters/PNN/Ha’aretz/The National)

A Fatah official says the Israeli government is committed to colonization. (PNN)

Israeli chief negotiator Livni says Economy Minister Bennett is stoking settler violence.(Ha’aretz/Ynet/Times of Israel)

Senior Israeli officials say they have transferred all the PA revenues they collected in March.  (Ha’aretz)

British Party Labor leader Miliband criticizes expansion of Israeli settlements. (BBC)

A PLO committee will travel to Gaza for reconciliation talks. (Ma’an/Xinhua)

Israelis accuse Pres. Abbas of “terrorism.” (Ma’an)

Palestinian citizens of Israel protest in Nazareth against national service. (Ha’aretz)

Israel’s drive to export its new-found natural gas could help rebuild some strained relations.(Reuters)

Hamas will launch a satellite channel in Gaza. (Ma’an)

trip to Auschwitz by Palestinian university students causes an uproar. (Washington Post)

Israel says Sec. Kerry’s remarks on Iran’s nuclear threshold is “not acceptable.” (Reuters/Jerusalem Post)

Syrian government forces seize two villages near the Lebanese border. (AP/Reuters)

Hezbollah is developing new tactics in the Syrian civil war. (AP)

American officials say they are looking into reports of another Syrian government chemical weapons attack. (AP/Washington Post)

Libya’s Interim PM al-Thani will step down after he was attacked by militias. (AP)

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns will retire in October. (AP)

series of bombings kills more than 20 across Iraq. (New York Times)

Iraqi secularists are reportedly under attack ahead of the elections. (Al Monitor)

Iran lodges a complaint against the US over the denial of visa for its UN Ambassador.(Reuters/Xinhua/The National)

Iranians see “little relief” as sanctions are eased. (New York Times)

Dubai seeks to become an “Islamic” economic hub. (New York Times)

Commentary:

Hussein Ibish says Professor Mohammed Dajani should be praised, not blamed, for teaching Palestinian students about the Holocaust.  (The National)

The Jordan Times says the PA was right to join international treaties. (Jordan Times)

Jackson Diehl says over the past 25 years Israelis and Palestinians have made slow but enormous progress toward coexistence. (Washington Post)

Khaled Elgindy says the latest round of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians never had a chance to succeed. (Foreign Policy)

Nathan Jeffay asks why the recent Israeli land grab in the occupied West Bank is different than any other. (Jewish Daily Forward)

Ben Caspit says PM Netanyahu needs Pres. Obama more than ever if peace talks fail. (Al Monitor)

Ha’aretz says Israel should stop “shutting its eyes’ to what is going in the occupied West Bank. (Ha’aretz)

Moshe Arens says extremist settlers in the occupied West Bank are a fringe group that hates Arabs and has no respect for the State of Israel. (Ha’aretz)

Gideon Levy says Ron Pundak wanted peace for peace’s sake, without pathos or guilt. (Ha’aretz)

Oudeh Basharat says the struggle by Palestinian citizens of Israel against religious extremism is part of a wider Arab struggle. (Ha’aretz)

Amer Al Sabaileh says recent developments in Syria shows only a political solution is possible. (Jordan Times)

Yezid Sayigh says the Syrian conflict is drifting in favor of the government. (Carnegie)

Afraa Al-Hariri and Om El-Ezz El-Farissi debate whether women were at the forefront of the Arab Spring.(Asharq al-Awsat)

Rami Khouri says Lebanon finds itself a mirror of the Middle East. (Daily Star)

Hamza Mustafa says Iraqi militia are playing a key role in Syria. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Arabs must unite before seeking a permanent seat at the UN. (Al Arabiya)

H.A. Hellyer says Egypt’s “war on terror” is doing more harm than good. (Al Arabiya)


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