Daily News Issue Date: 
March 27, 2015


UN Envoy Serry urges the Security Council to revive talks between Israel and the Palestinians. (New York Times/AP/Jerusalem Post)

Hamas welcomes Egypt’s decision to drop the classification of the movement as a terrorist organization.  (Ma’an)

The EU will keep Hamas on its terrorism blacklist as it appeals a court ruling. (Times of Israel)

Hamas rejects a report by Amnesty International accusing the group of war crimes. (Ma’an)

The Chair of the Joint List Odeh begins a four-day walk to Jerusalem in support of the impoverished Bedouin community. (AFP)

young Palestinian man dies a week after being shot during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. (JTA)

Israel applies its penal code across the occupied West Bank. (Ha’aretz)

A Jerusalem court says Palestinian fathers can be with their Israeli wives during childbirth. (Ha’aretz)

An Israeli court sentences an Islamist leader in Israel to 11 months in prison for incitement to violence and racism. (JTA)

The Pentagon declassifies a 386-page report from 1987 that includes extensive details on Israel's nuclear program. (The Forward/Institute for Defense Analyses)

The Saudi led-campaign strikes Sanaa, as Morocco joins the alliance. (Reuters/AP/Al Arabiya)

Egypt and Saudi Arabia say they are ready to send ground forces to Yemen. (New York Times/Washington Post/The National)

The National look at why the US supports the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. (The National)

Pres. Assad says he is open to a dialogue with the US, but that it must be "based on mutual respect." (AP/Reuters)

Turkey says the US-led campaign to train Syrian rebels has been delayed by Washington. (Reuters)

American airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit prompt a boycott by Shiite fighters. (New York Times)

Ayatollah al-Sistani calls for unity after Shiite militias pull out of the offensive in Tikrit. (AP)

The P5+1 and Iran push for concessions ahead of a deadline for a preliminary nuclear deal. (Reuters)

FM Zarif says the focus at the nuclear talks remains reaching a deal, despite the Yemen crisis. (AP)

AP looks at the complex US-Iran relationship and how it is at the heart of a complicated Mideast policy. (AP)


Colum Lynch says France may lead the UN diplomatic drive for a concrete plan laying out terms for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians. (Foreign Policy)

Adnan Abu Amer says Hamas is seeking to expand its regional relations, especially with Egypt. (Al-Monitor)

Seraj Assi and Arnon Degani say the early Israeli establishment allowed Palestinian citizens to vote and Zionist parties even courted their support. (Ha’aretz)

Shlomi Eldar interviews MP Aida Touma-Sliman. (Al-Monitor)

Simon Henderson looks at Saudi Arabia’s “big gamble” in Yemen. (Foreign Policy)

Nawaf Obaid looks at the new generation of Saudi leaders and their new foreign policy. (Washington Post)

Salman Aldossary says Yemenis appear to care less about their own country than other countries do. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor defends “Operation Decisive Storm.” (Al Arabiya)

The Daily Star says Iran should stop seeking to widen its influence through arming nonstate actors. (Daily Star)

Zaid Belbagi says a full-time joint GCC force should be a priority. (Al Arabiya)

Mark Mazzetti and David Kirkpatrick say in becoming involved in a Saudi-led campaign to dislodge rebels in Yemen, the US has created more entanglement with its alliances. (New York Times)

Andrew Bowen says Pres. Obama should take robust action to support his allies in the Gulf in defending the sovereignty of Yemen and ensuring the security of the GCC.(Al Arabiya)

Fareed Zakaria says George W. Bush was right on Yemen. (Washington Post) 

The New York Times says Obama has failed to explain how the bombing of Tikrit advances American interests. (New York Times)

The Washington Post says the Middle East breakdown was a long time in the building. (Washington Post)

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