Daily News Issue Date: 
February 20, 2015


A Palestinian official says a PLO delegation is due to visit Gaza, but a date has yet to be confirmed. (Ma’an)

The US and the EU reportedly plan to test the new Israeli government vis a vis the Palestinians after the elections. (Jerusalem Post)

Palestinian security forces raid the offices of two members of parliament. (Ma’an)

The Italian parliament postpones the vote on a non-binding bill calling for the recognition of the state of Palestine. (PNN)

A Palestinian civilian and a Hamas fighter die in separate incidents in underground tunnels beneath Gaza and Egypt. (Ma’an)

Israeli occupation forces arrest 14 Palestinians in overnight raids across the West Bank. (Ma’an)

An American trial threatens to undermine Palestinian efforts to rally international support at the ICC. (AP/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

A poll indicates 70 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel care more about bettering their socioeconomic standing than about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Ha’aretz)

Israeli and American national security advisers meet amid tensions between the two countries. (JTA)

23 Democrats urge Speaker Boehner to delay PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. (JTA/AP)

secret government bank account holds funds Israel owes Iran for oil it received before the 1979 revolution. (Ha’aretz)

An American official says an Iraqi and Kurdish military force is being prepared to recapture the city of Mosul from ISIS, in the April-May time frame. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

The US and Turkey sign an agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters. (Reuters)

AP looks at the some signs of tension emerging among ISIS militants. (AP)

ISIS’ flamboyant violence consumes the world’s attention while more familiar threats kill far more people. (New York Times)

Three car bombs in Eastern Libya kill 40 and wound 70 people. (Reuters/AP/Washington Post/AFP)

Pro-ISIS militants seize a university in the central Libyan city of Sirte. (Reuters)

Britain says Libya needs a unified government before the UNSC can lift the arms embargo. (Reuters) 

The UN says Yemen’s feuding parties have agreed on a "people's transitional council" to help govern the country and guide it out of a political crisis. (Reuters)

King Salman’s post-coronation giveaways will cost an estimated $32 billion. (New York Times)

The US and the UAE are launching a new media hub to tackle extremism. (The National)


Hanana Elsana, a Bedouin Arab woman, explains why she will vote in Israel’s upcoming election. (Ha’aretz)

Jamal Abdo says the merger of all the Arab parties is welcome, but he already knows what little impact they will have in the next Knesset. (Ha’aretz)

Maya Kornberg and Roee Kibrik say Israel must broaden the definition of security to reframe Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and break the deadlock. (Ynet)

David Ignatius looks at the public rift between Pres. Obama and Netanyahu over the Iranian nuclear issue. (Washington Post)

Ben Caspit says Israel fears that the US aspires to replace its traditional Middle East allies with Iran. (Al-Monitor)

Ali Khedery looks at how Iranian-backed Shiite militias are running amok in Iraq. (Foreign Policy)

Raed Omari says Arab states have been implementing a war on terror with America’s hesitance and decisiveness in the background. (Al Arabiya)

Tariq Alhomayed says Pres. Sisi should have gone to the Arab League before hitting ISIS in Libya. (Asharq al-Awsat)

The New York Times says Egypt’s airstrikes against ISIS positions in Libya could endanger the UN’s fragile peace effort. (New York Times)

Amir Taheri says Syria policy needs to recognize that Pres. Assad and ISIS are parts of the same problem. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Aaron David Miller says any meaningful summit on countering or preventing violent extremism has to happen in the Muslim world and not in Washington. (Foreign Policy)

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