Daily News Issue Date: 
February 19, 2015


Israeli military lawyer Maj. Gen. Efroni says he is not concerned about a possible investigation by the ICC. (AP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

The Italian parliament is preparing to discuss the recognition of the State of Palestine with a series of motions that will be presented this week. (PNN/Times of Israel/Ynet)

Hamas says the Quartet is linking Gaza aid and reconstruction to the acceptance of the two-state solution. (Ha’aretz)

UN official expresses “alarm” at reports of Hamas efforts to re-arm.  (Times of Israel)

Palestinian boycott activists demand that the PA not ratify an agreement to buy natural gas from Israel that was signed more than a year ago. (Ha’aretz)

Extremist Jewish settlers uproot 500 newly planted olive trees in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)

Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian farmers near the Gaza border. (Ma’an)

The State Department issues a travel warning for Jerusalem. (Times of Israel)

Palestinian Christians stage a candlelit march in occupied East Jerusalem to mourn Egyptian Copts killed by ISIS. (AFP)

Israel’s Supreme Court overturns a committee decision to disqualify Arab MK Zoabi and far-right Jewish activist Marzel from running in upcoming elections. (JTA)

The US accuses Israel of distorting its position in the Iran nuclear talks through selective leaks. (Reuters/AP/JTA/Ha’aretz)

DM Ya’alon says Israel’s security relationship with India is “out in the open” after years of being kept under wraps. (Reuters/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Pres. Sisi warns Egypt will strike back at any militant threats to its security. (Reuters)

Qatar recalls its ambassador from Egypt, in a dispute over Egyptian airstrikes on ISIS targets in Libya. (Reuters/The National)

Turkish media says ISIS extremists are plotting to attack diplomatic missions in Ankara and Istanbul. (Reuters/Jerusalem Post)

Pres. Obama says US must embrace Muslims in the fight against extremism. (AP/New York Times/The National)

ISIS is in danger of losing its main supply route connecting Syria to Iraq. (Washington Post)

Libya’s FM Al Dairi demands that the UNSC lift an arms embargo so his country can fight ISIS. (The National)

The New York Times profiles Islam Yaken, a young Egyptian who joined ISIS in Syria. (New York Times)

The Pentagon says it has identified 1,200 Syrian opposition fighters for potential participation in a US military-led program to help train and equip them to battle ISIS. (Reuters)

Syrian rebels capture 32 soldiers near the city of Aleppo. (AP/New York Times)

Persecution defines life for Yemen’s remaining Jews. (New York Times)


Adnan Abu Amer says Iran is reportedly insisting on the resignation of Hamas’ leader Meshaal in exchange for the resumption of relations. (Al-Monitor)

Shlomi Eldar says Israel still refuses to run water to the Palestinian city Rawabi. (Al-Monitor)

Michael Cohen and Matthew Duss say the US should make clear its preference for a new Israeli government committed to talks with the Palestinians. (New York Times)

Nahum Barnea says PM Netanyahu should be given a failing grade for not knowing how to lead and not for the way his household is being run. (Ynet)

Ari Shavit says Netanyahu must be replaced to restore Israel’s dignity. (Ha’aretz)

Yonit Levi says Economy Minister Bennett is an “upgraded version” of Netanyahu. (Ha’aretz)

Roger Cohen says by calling for Jews to leave Europe, Netanyahu is urging a course that diminishes both Jewishness and the liberal world order.  (New York Times)

Michael Young says Lebanon’s most pressing danger is the presence of some 1.5 million Syrian refugees in the country. (Daily Star)

The National says words alone will not stop the expansion of the Houthis. (The National)

H.A. Hellyer asks if the West should have intervened in Libya in 2011. (The National)

Joyce Karam says Libya faces partition if a political solution is not quickly developed. (Al Arabiya)

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