Daily News Issue Date: 
April 20, 2015


Israel and the PA reach an agreement to resolve a months long dispute over the transfer of Palestinian tax revenues. (New York Times/JTA/Ha’aretz)

Ten months after taking office, Palestinian Cabinet ministers make a rare visit to Gaza. (AP/AFP)

Pres. Abbas says Joint List leader Odeh will meet with the Arab League in Cairo and Doha. (JTA)

An Israeli man stabs a Palestinian worker on a construction site near Tel Aviv.(Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)

Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian fishermen and farmers in Gaza. (Ma’an)

A Palestinian court dismisses a high-profile corruption case against exiled Gaza strongman Dahlan. (AFP)

Saudi Arabian authorities reportedly arrest a Hamas leader Maher Salah. (Times of Israel)

Israel’s Court of Justice is to hear petitions by Palestinians seeking the return of land they own near the Jordanian border. (Ha’aretz)

PM Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/AFP/Ha’aretz)

An air strike on a missile base in Sanaa, kills at least seven. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post) 

Oxfam condemns a Saudi Arabian air strike in Yemen that it said hit one of its stores containing humanitarian supplies. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on a shopping mall or energy installation. (Reuters)

An Iraqi Shiite militia group says it conducted DNA tests to prove the death of Ezzat al-Douri. (Reuters)

A roadside bomb hits an armored vehicle in northern Sinai, killing three soldiers. (AP)

CIA Director Brennan holds talks with Pres. Sisi during an unannounced visit to Cairo. (AFP)

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment arrive in Lebanon under a Saudi-funded deal. (Reuters/The National)

Jordan launches a competition among elite anti-terrorism squads from 18 countries. (AP)

UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed will meet with Pres. Obama at the White House today. (The National)


Uri Savir says Palestinians are adapting their strategy to the Iranian deal, proposing to use the same P5+1 model for negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Al-Monitor)

Adnan Abu Amer looks at the tension between ISIS and Hamas in Gaza. (Al-Monitor)

Jay Michaelson says Jewish American should have a new goal- recognize the State of Palestine. (The Forward)

Lara Friedman says by effectively equating Israel proper with the occupied territories, Israel's High Court has made life harder for pro-Israel, pro-peace activists. (Ha’aretz)

Ha’aretz says opposition leader Herzog must keep his word and stay out of Netanyahu's coalition. (Ha’aretz)

Elhanan Miller profiles Lucy Aharish. (Times of Israel)

Hussein Ibish says the Yemen solution cannot be pursued in a manner that ends up strengthening al-Qaeda. (The National)

Salman Aldossary looks at PM al-Abadi’s recent visit to Washington. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Robert Pape says a political deal between Baghdad and the Sunni tribes is key to future military success against ISIS. (New York Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says ISIS is not as Baathist as it’s been made out to be, instead its a developed version of al-Qaeda. (Al Arabiya)

Sharif Nashashibi says ISIS’ seizure of Yarmouk benefits Pres. Assad. (Al Arabiya)

Fred Hiatt looks at the defense of inaction in Syria. (Washington Post)

David Kenner interviews an eyewitness to a chemical attack by Assad’s forces. (Foreign Policy)

Randa Slim asks if Iran is overstretched in Syria. (Foreign Policy)

Mohammad Zarif says Iran is ready to talk about ISIS, Syria and Yemen and not just about its nuclear program. (New York Times)

Rami Khouri looks at the perils of the “hopeless Arab youth.” (Daily Star)

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