Daily News Issue Date: 
June 19, 2015


UNSG Ban urges Israel to protect the lives of Palestinian children. (AFP/JTA/Reuters)

PM Netanyahu accuses UNSG Ban of hypocrisy after he criticized Israel for the death and suffering of Palestinian children. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post) 

Palestinian leaders plan to submit their first file against Israel to the International Criminal Courtnext week. (JTA/AFP/Jerusalem Post)

PM Hamdallah says the fate of the Palestinian government will be decided on Monday. (PNN)

Israeli police detain and release 16 young Jewish settlers after an overnight arson attack damaged a revered shrine in northern Israel. (AFP/JTA)

The Join List calls for the dismissal of the israeli police chief after the church torching. (Ha’aretz)

Palestinian chief negotiator Erekat issues a 56-page report on Palestinian-Israeli relations, calling for a comprehensive review of the current status quo. (Ma’an/Times of Israel/Ynet)

Two people are killed in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon in a clash between hardline Islamists and members of Fatah. (AP)

Druze in the Israeli-held Golan fear for their Syrian brethren. (Reuters)

The Pentagon says the US effort to build a moderate Syrian opposition force that can stand up to ISIS is moving more slowly than expected. (Reuters)

ISIS-imposed fuel embargo is threatening Syria’s medical centers. (New York Times)

Al-Qaeda denies that jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar had been killed in an American airstrike in Libya this week. (New York Times)

The Tunisian government says consular staff kidnapped in Libya have returned home. (Reuters/The National)

Former Pres. Morsi will appeal against a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court. (Reuters)


Alan Philps says as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, there are some things that can be done as a priority. (The National)

The National says the long arm of Israel’s military occupation prevents Palestinian self-government. (The National)

Ahmad Melhem says Palestinians see no reason to negotiate as Israeli settlements continue. (Al-Monitor)

Efraim Halevy says Hamas has become Israel’s frenemy. (Ynet)

Barak Ravid looks at how former Amb. Oren sold out US-Israel ties to “sell a few more books.” (Ha’aretz)

Akiva Eldar says former Amb. Oren’s memoir drama hurts israel. (Al-Monitor)

J.J. Goldberg looks at why Amb. Oren’s blame game on Israel is so wrongheaded. (The Forward)

Ha’aretz says Israel must help Syria’s Druze. (Ha’aretz)

Raed Omari asks if Pres. Assad’s downfall is imminent. (Al Arabiya)

Charles Krauthammer looks at a new strategy for Syria and Iraq. (Washington Post)

Ali Ibrahim looks at why the West misread Egypt. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Koert Debeuf and Ayman Abdelmeguid say the generation that launched the Tahrir Square revolution in 2011 is changing Egypt again. (Foreign Policy)

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