Daily News Issue Date: 
May 12, 2015


Israeli Gen. Turgeman says Israel and Hamas share “common interests.” (Reuters\Times of Israel\Ynet\Jerusalem Post)

A senior Palestinian official says the US and the EU are pressuring the PA to renew peace talks with Israel. (Jerusalem Post)

Civil servants hired by Hamas go on strike in Gaza. (Ma’an)

Japan criticizes a recent decision by Israeli authorities to approve construction of 900 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

Israeli forces demolish a mosque under construction in a Bedouin village near Beersheba. (Ma’an)

A Palestinian engineer is pioneering a machine to make seawater potable for residents of Gaza. (Ma’an\Times of Israel)

Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir who was beaten by Israeli police was reportedly received by the White House last month. (Ha’aretz\Times of Israel)

proposal to expand the number of government ministers narrowly passes a first reading in the Knesset. (JTA\Ynet)

The White House is countering perceptions that King Salman’s absence from a summit later this week could undermine US efforts to assure Gulf states against Iran. (Reuters\AP\New York Times)

The US and EU warn that Libyan state institutions risk being exploited by rival forces. (Reuters)

Sec. Kerry hopes to explore Russia’s flexibility on Syria and Ukraine during talks with Pres. Putin. (Reuters)

An international aid group says Syria has been contaminated with weapons and bombs that the lives of 2 million children are at constant risk. (AP)

Two Iraqi Sunni leaders denounce the Iraqi government for failing to build a multi-sectarian nation. (New York Times)

Egyptian media is publishing attacks against Pres. Sisi. (Reuters)

The P5+1 resume nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna. (Ha’aretz)


Shlomi Eldar says Hamas’ military wing is blocking attempts to reach a long-term ceasefire with Israel. (Al-Monitor)

Ron Kampeas analyses the role of Israel-Palestine in an African-American play. (JTA)

Daniella Peled asks what PM Cameron’s re-election means for Israel. (Ha’aretz)

David Rothkopf looks at the decline of the US’ special relationships with Israel and the UK. (Foreign Policy)

Shaun Brimley, Ilan Goldenberg and Nicholas Heras ask if Pres. Obama can save the Camp David US-GCC summit. (Foreign Policy)

Faisal J. Abbas says the upcoming US-GCC summit should be about more than “words and weapons.” (Al Arabiya)

The Daily Star says the Saudi volte-face on King Salman’s attendance at the GCC summit should rightly be seen as a snub to Obama. (Daily Star)

Jamal Khashoggi says Iranian “madness and insolence” have increased not just in Syria, but also in Yemen. (Al Arabiya)

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