Daily News Issue Date: 
June 15, 2015


During his visit to South Africa, Pres. Abbas urges African countries to boycott goods produced by Israeli-owned companies in the occupied West Bank. (PNN)

According to a new report Israel says it was “justified under international law” for launching its operation in Gaza last summer. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)

PM Netanyahu says reading the UN Human Rights Council's report on Israel's alleged war crimes during last summer's war in Gaza was a "waste of time." (Ha’aretz/Reuters/Jerusalem Post)

An Israeli army jeep strikes and kills a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank, with the military and locals giving conflicting accounts of the circumstances. (Reuters/Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/The National)

Israeli ministers approve a bill that would allow prisoners on hunger strike to be force fed if their life is in danger. (AFP/PNN/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Reuters)

The Israeli army says soldiers seen on video beating an unarmed Palestinian receive punishment ranging from confinement to base to a verbal rebuke. (AFP/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Egypt opens the Rafah crossing in both directions, and is expected to keep the crossing open for the next three days. (Ma’an)

$35 billion Norwegian insurance firm has excluded two cement companies from its investment portfolio over their business in the occupied West Bank. (JTA)

An organization of former Israeli soldiers, Breaking the Silence, is coming increasingly under fire.(AP)

17 people were killed in Iraq in clashes between ISIS militants and pro-government forces in a town close to the biggest refinery. (Reuters)

Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bomb Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa overnight as the country's warring factions prepared for talks. (Reuters)

UNSG Ban calls for a two-week truce in Yemen to allow humanitarian aid. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

Iran's deputy FM will discuss Yemen's conflict at a meeting of a pan-Islamic body hosted by its regional rival Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)

The US military says it launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al-Qaeda linked militant leader in eastern Libya. (AP/New York Times/AP/The National)

Pres. Rouhani says that he expected relief from economic sanctions within a “couple of months” after an agreement with the P5+1  was signed. (New York Times)


Hussein Ibish says Jerusalem is a final status issue to be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians. (The National)

Gideon Levy says the IDF should have been the first to press for a true investigation of the death of three boys shelled on Gaza's coast - instead it blamed Hamas. (Ha’aretz)

Ha’aretz says Israel’s Supreme Court is sponsoring anti-Palestinian discrimination. (Ha’aretz)

Haviv Rettig-Gur looks at Lapid’s recent trip to Washington. (Times of Israel)

Mohammed Othman says professional Palestinian soccer players, especially those in Gaza, are bound by restrictive contracts and low pay. (Al-Monitor)

Brian Klaas and Jason Pack say Western diplomacy is mistakenly focused on who we want to have in power rather than who actually wields it. (New York Times)

Jeffrey Lewis says Fareed Zakaria is wrong and Saudi Arabia can build a bomb whenever it wants. (Foreign Policy)

Salman Al Ansari asks if a nuclear Saudi Arabia is inevitable if Iran acquires the bomb. (Al Arabiya)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says criticizing Shiite militias does not express Sunni sectarianism as long as we hold both sides to the same moral standards. (Al Arabiya)

Sharif Nashashibi says the Lebanese people should not be held hostage to the rivalry between Israel and Iran. (Al Arabiya)


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