Daily News Issue Date: 
May 4, 2015


Israeli veterans say permissive rules of engagement coupled with indiscriminate artillery fire contributed to the high numbers of civilian casualties in Gaza. (Washington Post/Ha’aretz/The National)

A number of private hospitals in the occupied West Bank are on the verge of collapse. (Ma’an)

Israeli defense officials say the approval of building plans for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank is subject to political considerations. (AFP)

Islamic Jihad accuses the PA of arresting and harassing its members in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)

Former Pres. Carter calls for Palestinian elections following his visit to Ramallah. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Israeli security guards shoot at and wound a Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to stabcivilians at a light-rail station in Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz/Ma’an/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Protests of Ethiopian Jews draw attention to racism in Israel. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/PNN/JTA)

Pres. Rivlin says Israel must respond to the grievances of the Ethiopian Jews. (AP/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Former FM Lieberman says his Yisrael Beiteinu party would not join the new government coalition. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Two mortar shells fired from Syria wound two UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights. (Ha’aretz/JTA/Times of Israel)

senior Syrian army officer is wounded in a suicide bombing in a central Damascus district. (Reuters)

Syrian state media says the central bank is trying to stabilize its ailing currency. (AP)

World leaders are linking the nuclear talks with Iran to the possibility for peace in Syria. (New York Times)

Yemeni fighters who are believed to have received training and weapons in the Persian Gulf enter combat around the southern city of Aden. (New York Times)

France and Qatar sign a deal for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets, an accord Pres. Hollande hails as a mark of Gulf Arab regard for French regional strategy. (Reuters/AP)


J.J. Goldberg looks at the recent split in Hamas’s political and military wings. (The Forward)

Uri Savir says the PA is planning a diplomatic offensive to reconquer the interest of the international community. (Al-Monitor)

Nahum Barnea says Israeli society is “infected with racism.” (Ynet)

Ha’aretz says dealing with discrimination against Israelis of Ethiopian descent must be at top of new government's agenda. (Ha’aretz)

Hussein Ibish says military cooperation between Sunni countries has a logic, but the joint force faces big obstacles. (New York Times)

Faisal Al Yafai says Yemen's south cannot easily stay within a united Yemen. (The National)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says PM al-Abadi has two big rivals: ISIS and former PM Maliki. (Al Arabiya)

Aaron David Miller looks at what the recent rebel gains mean for Pres. Assad.  (Foreign Policy)

The Washington Post looks at the recent shakeup of the Saudi cabinet. (Washington Post)

Hussein Ibish says a nuclear deal with Iran is changing the “old order.” (The National)

Theodore Karasik says the international community should focus on Libya. (Al Arabiya)

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