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NYTimes, Isabel Kershner & Jodi Rudoren: Hamas is accused of using Gaza war as cover to torture and kill Palestinians
The militant group Hamas used last summer’s war with Israel in the Gaza Strip to carry out extrajudicial killings of at least 23Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel and to torture dozens of others, including political rivals, Amnesty International charged in a report issued early Wednesday.
WaPo, William Booth & Hazem Balousha: Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions
The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer’s war with Israel to abduct, torture and carry out extrajudicial executions with impunity.
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas blasts ‘unfair’ Amnesty report alleging war crimes in Gaza
Hamas said it was prepared to cooperate with local and international human rights organizations wishing to investigate the situation in the Gaza Strip.
Ma’an: Hamas executions in Gaza war designed to ‘punish, instill fear’
The extra-judicial executions of at least 23 Palestinians in Gaza during Israel's military offensive last summer could amount to war crimes, Amnesty International reported Wednesday, with abuses by Hamas security forces deliberately calculated to spread fear.
NYTimes, Steven Erlanger: Tony Blair to resign in June as special Middle East envoy
Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain, will resign as special Middle East envoy at the end of June, he informed the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, in a letter, diplomats said Wednesday.
TOI, AFP: EU’s Mogherini: Violence inevitable without peace talks
After Gaza rocket attack on southern Israel, foreign policy chief says status quo ‘not sustainable’
TOI, Adiv Sterman & Jonathan Beck: Rivlin open to negotiations with Hamas, urges Gaza rebuilding
President says he would talk to terror group, but not ‘if they want to negotiate my very existence’
Haaretz, Gili Cohen & Jack Khoury: Israel warns Gaza will pay ‘heavy price’ if rocket fire continues
Israeli strikes target Gaza after rocket fired at south on Tuesday night.
Wafa: Arab league condemns Israeli airstrikes against Gaza
The League of the Arab States Wednesday condemned the dawn Israeli airstrikes launched against the Gaza Strip, stressing that Israel attempts to create excuses to wage yet another attack against the strip in order to divert attention from international efforts exerted toward the resumption of negotiation.
Ma’an: Israeli forces close Ibrahimi mosque door
Israeli forces on Wednesday closed one of the doors of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.
PNN: Israel 2015: A government of extremists in charge of an out-of-control military
Shocking Israeli officials' words and soldiers' testimonies of criminality reinforce immediate need for arms embargo and other sanctions
Al-Arabiya, AFP: Gaza rocket hits southern Israel: Army
A rocket fired by militants in the Palestinian Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Tuesday, the army said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Ma’an: Sirens sound, rocket fired into southern Israel
Rocket sirens sounded in southern Israel Tuesday night after a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip, Israeli police said.
Ma’an: PLO dismisses annexation of settlements in future peace deal
Senior PLO officials on Tuesday rebuffed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to resume peace talks that would allow the annexation of settlements, stressing that all construction in the occupied West Bank is illegal.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Netanyahu proposes talks on borders of settlement blocs
During his meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Netanyahu voices willingness for the first time since taking office to discuss size of settlement blocs and their borders with Palestinians.
TOI, JTA: Israel asking US for 50% increase in next defense package
Raise would bring annual military funding to $4.5 billion; US, Israeli officials in talks for 10-year supply
YNet, Moran Azulay & Roi Yanovsky: Jerusalem mayor: Netanyahu broke promise on Jerusalem Affairs ministry
Prime minister gives Ze'ev Elkin the Jerusalem portfolio even though he made a public promise not to appoint minister to the position after disputes between Barkat and previous minister Bennett crippled capital's development.
YNet, Aviel Magnezi: Netanyahu family lawyer made district attorney
Attorney who represents the Netanyahu family and Prime Minister Office in lawsuit by former caretaker Meni Naftali is chosen as Jerusalem District Attorney.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Israelis use technology to battle government corruption
On the backdrop of the recent exposure of several serious alleged corruption affairs, former minister Michael Eitan argues that social networks and technology are changing public norms and pressuring elected officials to respect the rule of law.
The coming period will be critical for the future of the peace process, with concerns growing about the lack of a horizon for the resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution, according to the latest report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). The report will be presented to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) at the twice annual meeting in Brussels on May 27, 2015.
Wafa: UN report: Status quo in Palestine unsustainable
“The coming period will be critical for the future of the peace process, with concerns growing about the lack of a horizon for the resumption of negotiations towards a two-state solution,” said the latest report issued by the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).
Wafa: Israeli forces chase, shoot 4 Palestinians near Qalqilia
Four Palestinian workers Tuesday were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets in an Israeli army chase near the village of Azzun Atma, near Qalqilya, according to security sources.
+972, Activestills: West Bank village wakes up to no water
The municipal council of Qarawat Bani Hassan was not warned that their water supply was going to be nearly shut off for days, and attempts to get answers from Israel, through the Palestinian Authority, did not bear any fruit.
Tablet, Matthew Duss: Remember Gaza?
A visit to Gaza City, for the latest from Hamas, Fatah, Benjamin Netanyahu—and Marine Le Pen
Haaretz, Jack Khoury & Reuters: Egypt reopens Rafah crossing with Gaza, after more than 2 months of closure
Hamas says over 3,000 Gazans still waiting to cross after Egypt opens border to allow Palestinians return to coastal enclave, but not leave.
Haaretz, Bradley Burston: BDS must spell out what it wants from Israel
I am no enemy of the boycott movement. I just want to hear what it believes in. I'm asking for clear goals. And straight talk.
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: Gaza unemployment world’s highest as 60% of youth find themselves jobless
While about 43% of PA’s expenditures are spent in Gaza, only 13% of its revenues come from Gaza
PNN: The world is failing Gaza
Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing to a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals.
Obama at Adas
Haaretz: In U.S. synagogue speech, Obama says Palestinians ‘not easy partners’
President addresses congregation at Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, says has 'periodic differences' with Netanyahu.
Ma’an: Deputy FM to envoys: Bible shapes Israel’s foreign policy
A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank.
YNet, AP: Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal
Palestinian president reiterates important of two states side by side; Peres: Majority of Israelis support two-state solution.
TOI, Joshua Davidovich: Can you hear Obama now?
President’s warning that Netanyahu’s words against Arabs will have ramifications rings loud, but not necessarily clear
YNet: Hotovely: Land of Israel belongs to the Jews
Quoting Rashi, the new deputy FM tells Israeli diplomats that, 'this country is ours, all of it. We didn’t come here to apologize for that.'
+972, Natasha Roth: Playing with fire: IDF to use new weapon on West Bank protests
A new type of sponge-tipped bullet introduced in East Jerusalem last summer has broken arms, fractured faces, destroyed eyesight and killed a teenager. Now a similar projectile is slated for use against Palestinians in the West Bank.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: First international blunder of Bibi’s new government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's zigzagging over the plan to separate Jews and Palestinian workers traveling to the territories demonstrates the strong hold of the settlers over his fragile coalition.
PNN: Erekat: The new Israeli cabinet shows its commitment to extreme Apartheid policies
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs. Federica Mogherini, met with Palestinians and Israelis Wednesday, in an attempt to prompt adherence to the 2-State Solution and ask both sides to fulfill their commitments to previous rounds of negotiations and agreements, including halting Israeli settlement expansion.
YNet, Itamar Eichner: France seeks 18-month deadline for Israel-Palestinians peace talks
According to French initiative, if sides fail to reach agreement by deadline, Paris will officially recognize Palestine; plan includes demand for Palestinians to recognize Israel as Jewish state.
TOI, Elie Leshem: Obama: US must criticize Israel if it is to defend it
In wide-ranging interview, president implies anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, plays down threat of Mideast nuclear arms race
Ma’an: PLO: Netanyahu paving ‘new wave of racist policies’
PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat on Wednesday labeled the new Israeli coalition "racist" and "extremist" as the European Union attempted to encourage both sides to adhere to previous peace agreements.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Obama: Netanyahu’s anti-Arab remarks likely to have foreign policy consequences
President says because U.S. is close to Israel, Oval Office had to speak up about Israeli PM's Election Day comments lest it lose credibility.
TOI, Daniel Bernstein: PM tells skeptical Arab party head he’ll tackle inequality
In first meeting with Joint List leader Ayman Odeh, Netanyahu promises new plans for Arab development
Ma’an: Lieberman blasts Netanyahu for talks with Joint Arab list
Israel's former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel talks with the head of parliament's Palestinian parties, accusing him of granting legitimacy to "terror supporters."
YNet, Yoav Zitun & Elior Levy: IDF’s improves life for Palestinians: ‘it brings peace and security’
From new roads to increased work permits, the IDF is trying a new approach in an effort to preserve the delicate security situation in the West Bank.
+972, Samah Salaime: Lifelong refugees: Palestinian boat people search for a new home
After escaping the horrors of the Syrian Civil War by boat, a group of Palestinian refugees washed up on the shores of Greece. Now they are wandering the streets of Athens without food or shelter.
TOI, Renee Ghert-Zand: Dating app takes aim at Mideast conflict
Tinder-like Verona seeks to connect Israelis and Palestinians for love, not war
West Bank Buses
NYTimes, Isabel Kershner: Israel cancels project barring Palestinians from some buses
Responding to intense criticism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuof Israel on Wednesday abruptly shelved a contentious pilot project introduced this week that prohibited Palestinians returning to theWest Bank from riding on the same buses as Israelis headed to Jewish settlements.
WaPo, Ruth Eglash: Israel announces—then scraps—plans for separate Palestinian buses
A government plan to separate Palestinians and Israelis traveling on the same public buses in the West Bank was suspended within hours of being announced Wednesday after critics likened the program to apartheid.
+972, Larry Derfner: A dark tale from Netanyahu nation
Assassinations, lies and conspiracy theories.
TOI, Gedalyah Reback & Elhanan Miller: Rivlin: Segregating West Bank buses ‘unthinkable’
President attacks now-canceled idea that would have kept Palestinian laborers off Israeli buses
TOI, Elhanan Miller: Netanyahu puts the brakes on ‘segregated’ West Bank buses
Left-wing Knesset members decry ‘apartheid’ plan that would oblige Palestinian workers to use checkpoints on return from Israel
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Erdan challenges Netanyahu, refuses cabinet position
In a surprising move, senior Likud member and former Interior Minister Gilad Erdan rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a Cabinet position and is staying out of the new government.
TOI: Netanyahu tells EU’s Mogherini he’s committed to two-state solution
European foreign policy chief, in region to explore renewing peace talks with Palestinians, says she believes prime minister
Haaretz, Michelle Nichols: UN says will engage with Netanyahu on ‘realistic options’ for return to peace talks
UN Middle East envoy tells Security Council that Gaza is 'desperate and angry' over devastation following summer's 50-day war.
PNN: Barghouthi: the EU is not biased, it is only sick of Israel’s behavior
The seventh Israeli channel on Wednesday, the day EU Middle East envoy Federica Mogherini is scheduled to arrive in the region, published report by non-governmental organizations saying that the European Union was biased towards Palestine against the Israeli occupation for the recent past years.
Al-Monitor, Ben Caspit: Netanyahu’s new government already on shaky ground
With the numerous challenges facing the new Netanyahu government, and with a slender majority, many are predicting his coalition won't last long.
YNet, Roi Yanovsky & Omri Efraim: Two border police officers hurt in vehicular attack in Jerusalem
Terrorist from East Jerusalem killed by police gunfire; victims sustain light-to-moderate wounds; riots reported at site of incident near Mount of Olives.