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Israeli Gen. Turgeman says Israel and Hamas share “common interests.” (Reuters\Times of Israel\Ynet\Jerusalem Post)

A senior Palestinian official says the US and the EU are pressuring the PA to renew peace talks with Israel. (Jerusalem Post)

Civil servants hired by Hamas go on strike in Gaza. (Ma’an)

Japan criticizes a recent decision by Israeli authorities to approve construction of 900 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

Israeli forces demolish a mosque under construction in a Bedouin village near Beersheba. (Ma’an)

A Palestinian engineer is pioneering a machine to make seawater potable for residents of Gaza. (Ma’an\Times of Israel)

Palestinian-American teenager Tariq Abu Khdeir who was beaten by Israeli police was reportedly received by the White House last month. (Ha’aretz\Times of Israel)

proposal to expand the number of government ministers narrowly passes a first reading in the Knesset. (JTA\Ynet)

The White House is countering perceptions that King Salman’s absence from a summit later this week could undermine US efforts to assure Gulf states against Iran. (Reuters\AP\New York Times)

The US and EU warn that Libyan state institutions risk being exploited by rival forces. (Reuters)

Sec. Kerry hopes to explore Russia’s flexibility on Syria and Ukraine during talks with Pres. Putin. (Reuters)

An international aid group says Syria has been contaminated with weapons and bombs that the lives of 2 million children are at constant risk. (AP)

Two Iraqi Sunni leaders denounce the Iraqi government for failing to build a multi-sectarian nation. (New York Times)

Egyptian media is publishing attacks against Pres. Sisi. (Reuters)

The P5+1 resume nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna. (Ha’aretz)


Shlomi Eldar says Hamas’ military wing is blocking attempts to reach a long-term ceasefire with Israel. (Al-Monitor)

Ron Kampeas analyses the role of Israel-Palestine in an African-American play. (JTA)

Daniella Peled asks what PM Cameron’s re-election means for Israel. (Ha’aretz)

David Rothkopf looks at the decline of the US’ special relationships with Israel and the UK. (Foreign Policy)

Shaun Brimley, Ilan Goldenberg and Nicholas Heras ask if Pres. Obama can save the Camp David US-GCC summit. (Foreign Policy)

Faisal J. Abbas says the upcoming US-GCC summit should be about more than “words and weapons.” (Al Arabiya)

The Daily Star says the Saudi volte-face on King Salman’s attendance at the GCC summit should rightly be seen as a snub to Obama. (Daily Star)

Jamal Khashoggi says Iranian “madness and insolence” have increased not just in Syria, but also in Yemen. (Al Arabiya)


Human Rights Watch accuses the Palestinian security forces of arresting and questioning West Bank students over their political opinions. (AFP)

delegation of eight members from a European observers mission to monitor the Rafah border crossing arrives in Gaza. (Ma’an)

The PLO says PM Netanyahu's new right-wing religious "government of war" is a blow to an already stagnating peace process. (AFP/Ha’aretz)

Israeli forces release Palestinian singer Shadi al-Burini after detaining him for several hours while he was shooting a video at the Huwwara checkpoint. (Ma’an)

Jewish settlers harass the head of the Palestinian Football Association and the South African head of an anti-racism group during a tour in Hebron. (Ma’an)

Europe and the US are keeping a watchful eye on Israel’s legislative plans. (Reuters)

AP looks at the key figures in Israel’s new government. (AP)

Pres. Obama in his message congratulating Netanyahu on forming a new Israeli governmentemphasizes the importance of a two-state solution. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

The Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, makes advances in mountainous areas along Syria's border with Lebanon. (Reuters)

The US begins training Syrian rebels in Jordan to fight ISIS. (AP/New York Times)

Saudi-led warplanes bomb targets in Yemen's Saada province and drop leaflets asking civilians to leave one district a day after promising a harsh response. (Reuters/AP)

Sec. Kerry meets with Gulf ministers to discuss Iran and Yemen. (Reuters)

The US Senate votes overwhelmingly to pass a bill giving Congress the right to review, and potentially reject, an international agreement with Iran. (Reuters/AP)

A senior al-Qaeda leader dies in a Yemen drone strike. (New York Times)


David Ignatius says Netanyahu is struggling at home. (Washington Post)

Raphael Ahren says for first time in 20 years, talks with the Palestinians don’t appear in any coalition agreement. (Times of Israel)

Ha’aretz says Israel's new government will lead a racist legislation while working to “gut the courts.” (Ha’aretz)

Nathan Guttman identifies seven things about Netanyahu’s new cabinet. (The Forward)

Siobhan O’Grady profiles Israel’s new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. (Foreign Policy)

Carolina Landsmann says the possibility presented by Bennett and adopted by the right wing, of eternal Israeli rule over the Palestinians, is impossible. (Ha’aretz)

Ami Ayalon says the US and the international community should take the lead on a two-state solution. (Al-Monitor)

Fareed Zakaria says tides in the region have shifted in Israel’s favor. (Washington Post)

Jane Arraf says the threat of ISIS, combined with meager US and Iraqi government support, is driving Sunni tribes into the arms of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. (Foreign Policy)

The Daily Star says Hezbollah now finds itself again providing crucial life support to the Syrian regime across the border. (Daily Star)

Michael Young says Qalamoun is a test of Hezbollah’s hopes. (Daily Star)

Khairallah Khairallah says Hezbollah is laundering weapons and power. (Al Arabiya)


Israel approves the construction of 900 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP/Times of Israel)

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat says the new Israeli government will be belligerent and work against peace. (AFP/PNN/JTA)

The PA is spearheading an effort to have Israel added to a UN list of human rights violators. (JTA)

The Israeli army will check for Hamas tunnels near the Gaza border kibbutz. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Jewish settlers attack the car of a senior adviser to PM Hamdallah near Nablus. (Ma’an)

The heads of Israeli and Palestinian football will meet in Zurich in a bid to head off a Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the sport's governing body. (AFP)

Movie experts call on the Gaza Ministry of Culture to reopen the movie theaters that were closed down during the first intifada. (Al-Monitor)

PM Netanyahu clinches a deal to form a new government. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/JTA)

The Syrian army and Hezbollah advance in areas along the Lebanese border. (Reuters/The National)

Hundreds of members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood have returned from exile and are hoping to rebuild the movement. (Reuters)

Saudi Arabia says all options are open including ground operations to stop mortar attacks on its border towns by Yemen's Houthis. (Reuters)

In a letter to the UNYemen urges ground intervention to save the country. (Reuters/AP)

Sec. Kerry says aid needs in Yemen are dire. (New York Times)

Saudi Arabia agrees to a temporary halt in Yemen attacks after talks with Kerry. (Washington Post)

Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership make the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable. (Reuters)

The mayor of Tehran Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf becomes a patron of the arts. (New York Times)


Nahum Barnea says the new Israeli government can only survive thanks to Netanyahu’s authority and fear of elections. (Ynet)

Akiva Eldar says the balance of power in the Knesset is clearly in favor of those supporting a two-state solution. (Al-Monitor)

Shmuel Rosner says Netanyahu and his partners haven't been magnanimous in victory. (New York Times)

Peter Beinart says violence doesn't erase the legitimacy of grievances – in Baltimore, Tel Aviv or the West Bank. (Ha’aretz)

Hussein Ibish says the stakes have never been higher for relations between the US and its Gulf allies. (NOW)

Joyce Karam asks if there will be a Syria for Iran bargain at the upcoming US-GCC summit. (Al Arabiya)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says the most important aspect of the war in Yemen is not its intensity, but the disintegration of domestic partisan and tribal alliances. (Al Arabiya)


Fatah official says Armenia will allow Palestinian passport holders to enter the country without the need to arrange a visa prior to arrival. (Ma’an/PNN)

The first round of consultations between India and Palestine are held in Ramallah in efforts to strengthen bilateral diplomatic relations. (Ma’an)

Hamas launches a crackdown on radical Salafi groups following a series of unclaimed bombings in Gaza. (AP)

Lauryn Hill is canceling a planned performance in Tel Aviv because she wasn't able to also schedule a concert in Ramallah. (AP/AFP/JTA/Ha’aretz)

FIFA's 209 member federations will be asked to consider suspending Israel from world soccer this month. (Ha’aretz)

A Danish group vows to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from Israeli settlements. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)

The New York Times profiles Demas Fikadey, symbol of the Ethiopian-Israeli discontent. (New York Times)

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says the downfall of Pres. Assad would mean the fall of Hezbollah. (Ynet/Jerusalem Post)

Amnesty International says Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo. (Reuters/AP)

Senegal will send 2,100 troops to Saudi Arabia as part of an international coalition combatingHouthi rebels in Yemen. (Reuters/AP) 

Sec. Kerry will visit Riyadh for discussions with Saudi government leaders. (AP)

France and Saudi Arabia say any future nuclear accord between Iran and the P5+1 must be “robust, verifiable and no threat to Tehran's neighbors.” (Reuters/The National)

India will push with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, ignoring US warning against haste. (Reuters)

The New York Times looks at the visible effects of droughts in Iran. (New York Times)


Adnan Abu Amer says more divisions are being reported between Hamas’ political and military wings. (Al-Monitor)

Aziza Nofal says the PA’s crackdown on West Bank refugee camps and withholding of aid is adding to the marginalization of the youth. (Al-Monitor)

Nour Samaha says Yarmouk is a microcosm of the tangled loyalties created by the Syrian crisis. (Foreign Policy)

Bradley Burston says whoever you are, whatever your politics, you need to know what happened in Gaza. (Ha’aretz)

Ben Sales explains why Ethiopian-Israelis took to Tel Aviv’s streets. (JTA)

Rob Swift asks what a new UK PM could mean for Israel. (The Media Line)

Martin Jay looks at the options facing the Kurds. (The National)

Diana Moukalled looks at the propaganda wars between ISIS and the Shiite popular mobilization forces. (Al Arabiya)


Israeli veterans say permissive rules of engagement coupled with indiscriminate artillery fire contributed to the high numbers of civilian casualties in Gaza. (Washington Post/Ha’aretz/The National)

A number of private hospitals in the occupied West Bank are on the verge of collapse. (Ma’an)

Israeli defense officials say the approval of building plans for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank is subject to political considerations. (AFP)

Islamic Jihad accuses the PA of arresting and harassing its members in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)

Former Pres. Carter calls for Palestinian elections following his visit to Ramallah. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Israeli security guards shoot at and wound a Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to stabcivilians at a light-rail station in Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz/Ma’an/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Protests of Ethiopian Jews draw attention to racism in Israel. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/PNN/JTA)

Pres. Rivlin says Israel must respond to the grievances of the Ethiopian Jews. (AP/New York Times/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Former FM Lieberman says his Yisrael Beiteinu party would not join the new government coalition. (JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)

Two mortar shells fired from Syria wound two UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights. (Ha’aretz/JTA/Times of Israel)

senior Syrian army officer is wounded in a suicide bombing in a central Damascus district. (Reuters)

Syrian state media says the central bank is trying to stabilize its ailing currency. (AP)

World leaders are linking the nuclear talks with Iran to the possibility for peace in Syria. (New York Times)

Yemeni fighters who are believed to have received training and weapons in the Persian Gulf enter combat around the southern city of Aden. (New York Times)

France and Qatar sign a deal for the sale of 24 Rafale fighter jets, an accord Pres. Hollande hails as a mark of Gulf Arab regard for French regional strategy. (Reuters/AP)


J.J. Goldberg looks at the recent split in Hamas’s political and military wings. (The Forward)

Uri Savir says the PA is planning a diplomatic offensive to reconquer the interest of the international community. (Al-Monitor)

Nahum Barnea says Israeli society is “infected with racism.” (Ynet)

Ha’aretz says dealing with discrimination against Israelis of Ethiopian descent must be at top of new government's agenda. (Ha’aretz)

Hussein Ibish says military cooperation between Sunni countries has a logic, but the joint force faces big obstacles. (New York Times)

Faisal Al Yafai says Yemen's south cannot easily stay within a united Yemen. (The National)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says PM al-Abadi has two big rivals: ISIS and former PM Maliki. (Al Arabiya)

Aaron David Miller looks at what the recent rebel gains mean for Pres. Assad.  (Foreign Policy)

The Washington Post looks at the recent shakeup of the Saudi cabinet. (Washington Post)

Hussein Ibish says a nuclear deal with Iran is changing the “old order.” (The National)

Theodore Karasik says the international community should focus on Libya. (Al Arabiya)

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