Daily News Issue Date: 
May 15, 2015


Pres. Abbas sets preconditions to restarting peace talks with Israel. (Jerusalem Post)

The Israeli ministry of construction issues tenders for the building of 85 new housing units in the Givat Zeev settlement in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)

At least 21 Palestinians are injured after clashes break out in Nablus with Israeli military forces. (Ma’an\JTA\Times of Israel)

Three Palestinians are injured by live fire during a Nakba Day protest in Gaza. (Ma’an\Times of Israel)

An Israeli demolition plan for a Bedouin village sparks outcry. (AP)

The PA security forces uncover and arrest a Hamas cell near Hebron in the West Bank. (Jerusalem Post)

Jewish settlers throw stones at Palestinian vehicles near Nablus. (Ma’an)

Hamas says ISIS has no foothold in Gaza. (Ma’an\Ha’aretz\Reuters)

PM Netanyahu’s new rightist coalition government is sworn in. (Reuters\New York Times\Washington Post\JTA)

The New York Times profiles new Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. (New York Times)

Israel is reportedly turning to the media and diplomacy to head off an almost inevitable new round of confrontation with Hezbollah. (Ha’aretz)

A renewed joint commitment to build the regional defense system is one of the outcomes of the Camp David summit between the US and the GCC. (Reuters)

Pres. Obama vows to keep Arab allies secure amid Iran deal fears. (AP\New York Times\The National)

At least 10 people are killed in heavy clashes in Yemen despite a five-day humanitarian truce. (Reuters)

The UN urges the Saudi-led coalition to speed up imports of vital goods in Yemen. (Reuters)

ISIS militants raise their black flag over the local government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. (Reuters\AP)

ISIS releases an audio recording that it said was from the leader al-Baghdadi. (New York Times\Washington Post) 

UNESCO Chief Bokova says she is alarmed by developments in Syria, where clashes with ISIS militants are getting closer to the ancient city of Palmyra. (AP\New York Times\The National)


Jimmy Carter and Gro Harlem Brundtland say a lasting settlement in the Holy Land is still possible but Israel must end the siege on Gaza first. (Foreign Policy)

The New York Times says the Vatican’s decision to formally recognize Palestine as a state comes at an especially bleak moment for peace efforts with Israel. (New York Times)

Hazem Balousha says the Hamas-Fatah divide is crippling Palestine’s judiciary. (Al-Monitor)

Ha’aretz says ending the occupation must be a top priority for the new Israeli government. (Ha’aretz)

Israel Harel says no real effort was made to promote construction and societal plans so that Jews and Arabs could live in a truly unified Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz)

Raphael Ahren says while Netanyahu fantasizes about a d├ętente with the Arab world, the US and EU are ready to turn up the heat on his new government. (Times of Israel)

Ben Caspit says Israel and Saudi Arabia feel that the US is playing a bad hand in its negotiating with Iran. (Al-Monitor)

David Laitin and Marc Jahr say Syrian refugees can revitalize Detroit. (New York Times)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Iranian threats against Gulf countries are a direct message to the White House. (Al Arabiya)

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