Daily News Issue Date: 
May 21, 2015


French UNSC resolution reportedly sets a 18-month deadline for an Israeli-Palestinian deal. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)

PM Netanyahu tells EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini he is committed to a two-state solution. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Ynet)

Norwegian FM Brende warns Netanyahu that pressure over Palestinians will resume after the Iran deal. (Ha’aretz)

The World Bank transfers $77 million from its Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund to the budget of the PA. (Ma’an)

The IMF calls for more donor aid to support the recovery of the West Bank and Gaza economy, citing an uncertain outlook for the Palestinian territories. (AFP)

DM Ya’alon says his shelved plan to prevent Palestinians from travel on Israeli lines initiated purely for security reasons. (Times of Israel)

Former FM Lieberman urges Netanyahu to cancel talks with Joint List leader Odeh. (Times of Israel/AFP/Jerusalem Post)

Israel approves the construction of 90 settlement units in Har Home settlement south of Jerusalem. (PNN)

The Palestinian Football Association rejects an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from FIFA. (JTA)

bomb explodes near the Bank of Palestine branch in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza. (Ma’an)

Palestinians in Gaza are reaching beyond the blockade through start-ups. (AFP)

The US plans to sell thousands of bombs and munitions to Israel in a $1.9 billion deal.(AFP/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

ISIS seizes full control of both ancient and modern Palmyra in central Syria. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/Washington Post/The National)

The New York Times looks at the ancient ruins of Palmyra. (New York Times)

Iraqi forces say they thwarted a third ISIS attack east of Ramadi. (Reuters)

The US plans to deliver 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq in June to combat ISIS suicide bombings. (Reuters/New York Times)

ISIS's Egypt affiliate urges followers to attack judges. (Reuters)

The Saudi-led coalition hits an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten. (Reuters)

Houthi leader Abdul-Malek al-Houthi backs new UN peace talks in Geneva. (AP)

FM Fabius says Iran wants 24 days before international inspectors could visit its nuclear sites in the event of a suspected violation of a deal with the P5+1. (AP)


The National says attempts to segregate buses in the occupied West Bank foreshadow more racist legislation to come. (The National)

Ha’aretz says segregated buses for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are only the tip of the “occupation's iceberg.” (Ha’aretz)

Amos Harel says Israel cannot bury the damage of the Palestinian bus separation proposal. (Ha’aretz)

Avi Issacharoff says the FIFA vote on booting Israel may not succeed, but it’s already boosted the political standing of former Palestinian security head Rajoub. (Times of Israel)

Peter Beinart looks at how the American Jewish establishment foists its isolation from Palestinians on American politicians. (Ha’aretz)

Shlomi Eldar says Israel is silent while Hamas is digging more tunnels in Gaza. (Al-Monitor)

David Ignatius says interagency battles are hurting the US’ fight against ISIS. (Washington Post)

Joyce Karam looks at how ISIS differs from Bin Laden’s al-Qaeda. (Al Arabiya)

Michael Young says destroying heritage sites is no more intolerable than destroying humans. (The National)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed looks at the special relation between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. (Al Arabiya)

Pres. Obama and Pres. Essebsi write about Tunisia’s democratic journey. (Washington Post) 

Michael Young explains why Hezbollah may seek to change the Taif agreement. (Daily Star)

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