Daily News Issue Date: 
May 18, 2015


Pres. Obama says a “big overarching deal” between Israel and Palestinians is not possible in the next year. (Ha’aretz)

Pope Francis praises Pres. Abbas as an “angel of peace” during a meeting at the Vatican. (AP/AFP/JTA)

Pope Francis canonizes two nuns from 19th century Palestine. (AP/New York Times/Washington Post/The Media Line)

Palestinian FM al-Maliki says he asked the ICC to set a date for submitting the case files pertaining to the settlements and war crimes lawsuits against Israel. (PNN)

A Likud source reportedly says the defense minister will decide on settlement construction.(Ha’aretz)

Extremist Jewish settlers uproot hundreds of olive saplings n the Palestinian town of al-Shuyoukh in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an/PNN)

Israeli nationalists and police clash with Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem as crowds ofJewish hardliners march across the city to mark the 48th anniversary of its capture. (AFP/New York Times/PNN/JTA/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Jordanian Commerce Minister al-Alion meets with PM Hamdallah to discuss Palestinian-Jordanian economic relations. (Ma’an)

Israeli navy forces open fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza. (Ma’an/PNN)

historic bathhouse offers Palestinians respite from Gaza’s hardships.(AP)

Shi’ite militias are preparing to deploy en masse to Iraq’s western province of Anbar after ISIS militants take over Ramadi. (Reuters/New York Times/Washington Post)

Oil prices rise after ISIS militants seize control of the key city of Ramadi. (Reuters)

The Saudi-led coalition resumes airstrikes against Yemen’s Houthis in Aden overnight. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

Sec. Kerry says Houthi movements make a Yemen ceasefire “difficult.”(Reuters)

An Iranian cargo ship carrying aid and activists crosses into the Gulf of Aden. (Reuters/The National)

An Egyptian court sentences former Pres. Morsi to death. (New York Times)


The National says the Vatican’s recognition of a Palestinian state will boost the prospect of a two-state solution. (The National)

Rami Khouri says the lack of resolution on the Palestine issue has contributed to the dire condition of the Arab world today, and wider regional tensions with Israel.  (Daily Star)

Sharif Nashashibi says remembering the Nakba is a collective duty. (Al Arabiya)

Ha’aretz says Israeli opposition must raise its voice and pose alternative to the government's “iron wall” facing the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)

The Washington Post profiles Palestinian official Nabil Shaath. (Washington Post)

Gideon Levy says Israel’s suspension from FIFA could be a game changer. (Ha’aretz)

Uri Savir interviews Palestinian university students on the occupation and corruption. (Al-Monitor)

Avi Issacharoff and Ziv Koren say residents of Bethlehem care more about making a living than starting an intifada, but some fear rampant unemployment could change that. (Times of Israel)

Mohammed Othman says difficult living conditions and lack of funding or royalties have discouraged Gaza's novelists. (Al-Monitor)

Hussein Ibish says the US-GCC talks at Camp David have been promising but the real progress will occur in the conversation to follow. (The National)

The New York Times says the recent Camp David summit reflects sharp and persistent differences over a deal intended to curb Iran’s nuclear program. (New York Times)

Muath al Wari says the US must clarify its intentions in the region. (The National)

Dov Zakheim says Obama has brought Arabs and Israelis together — out of distrust of the US.  (Foreign Policy)

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