Daily News Issue Date: 
March 9, 2015


PM Netanyahu says Israel will not cede any territory to the Palestinians due to the current climate in the Middle East. (AP/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat says Netanyahu never believed in the two-state solution, always choosing settlements over peace. (Jerusalem Post)

Egypt opens the Rafah crossing with Gaza for two days. (Ma’an)

Hamas accuses the PA security services of arresting dozens of its supporters across the West Bank. (Ma’an/Times of Israel/Ynet)

EU diplomats tell the PA that it is not doing enough to rebuild Gaza. (Ha’aretz)

Hamas reportedly sent a series of messages to Israel indicating an interest in a long-term ceasefire in exchange for an end to the blockade of Gaza. (Times of Israel)

Israeli occupation forces uproot 300 olive trees on private Palestinian land near Nablus. (Ma’an)

PNN publishes statistics regarding the conditions of Palestinian women. (PNN)

The White House names Robert Malley, former US peace negotiator, to lead the Middle East desk at the NSC. (JTA)

Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on March 17, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 120-seat Knesset. (Reuters)

The United Arab party is a surprise new force in the upcoming Israeli election. (Reuters)

Reuters profiles the leading candidates in Israel's parliamentary election, their main policies and where they stand on participation in a governing coalition. (Reuters)

Reports of tensions and aggressive recruitment tactics suggest that ISIS militants are struggling to keep supporters amid battlefield losses. (Washington Post)

Gen. Dempsey says some Iraqi troops set for US-led training to fight ISIS are showing up ill-prepared. (AP)

Iraqi DM al-Obeidi says his government is comfortable asking for and receiving help from Iran. (AP)

US-led coalition airstrike in Syria hits an oil refinery run by ISIS militants near the border with Turkey, killing 30 people. (AP)

Archaeologists and preservationists lament, that in areas held by ISIS, there is little they can do but document the destruction. (New York Times)

Saudi Arabia blocked a plan for Sweden's FM Wallstrom to address the Arab League. (Reuters)

Gen. Haftar is sworn in as army commander for the internationally recognized government in Libya. (Reuters)

Iran and IAEA officials hold talks in Tehran. (Reuters)

Pres. Obama says the US would "walk away" from nuclear talks with Iran if there's no acceptable deal. (AP/New York Times)

47 Republican senators warn that any agreement with Iran may be short-lived unless Congressapproves the deal. (AP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)


Hussein Ibish says Israelis think they can completely ignore the reality of the Palestinian people and get away with it. (The National)

Barak Ravid says Netanyahu has shown his rightist colors with the latest policy flip-flop towards the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)

Nahum Barnea says it's legitimate to reveal the gap between Netanyahu's rhetoric and the major concessions he offered the Palestinians. (Ynet)

J.J. Goldberg looks at why Netanyahu nixed the two-state solution. (The Forward)

Rami Khouri says the recommendation by the PCC to suspend security coordination with Israel illustrates the broken relationship between Palestinians and Israelis.  (Daily Star)

Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas is discussing steps it could take if Egypt decides to attack Gaza, as hinted by the Egyptian army. (Al-Monitor)

Amira Hass looks at the Palestinian boycotts of Israeli products and the broader impact. (Ha’aretz)

Gideon Levy says Israel’s Jews must vote for the Arab list. (Ha’aretz)

Zeev Sternhell says if he wants to win, opposition leader Herzog must convince Israelis that peace and prosperity are intertwined. (Ha’aretz)

David Horovitz interviews former finance minister Lapid. (Times of Israel)

Niv Gilboa looks at how upscale Palestinian cuisine is flourishing in Israel. (Al-Monitor)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says if Saudi Arabia accepts a solution by which Pres. Assad stays in power, it will have handed over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Iran. (Al Arabiya)

Peter Salisbury asks if Yemen is becoming the next Syria. (Foreign Policy)

Faisal Al Yafai says the language and ideas of political Islam have sidelined liberalism and secularism in the Middle East. (The National)

Amal Mousa looks at how Islamism and political Islam have damaged Islam. (Asharq al-Awsat)

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