Daily News Issue Date: 
February 26, 2015



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)


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)

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