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Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution

Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a joint press conference (see transcript or video) with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution as a cornerstone of Mideast diplomacy. So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.

White House Official: Two-State Solution Not a Condition for Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. A White House official briefing pool reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a two-state solution isn’t a condition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. More on that at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Associated Press. The story is based wholly on an anonymous source, so

UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media: “As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah

BDS Leaders of Matisyahu Boycott to Go on Trial

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nine BDS leaders in Spain are going on trial “for the boycott and harassment of Jewish American singer Matisyahu in the summer of 2015.” The Jewish-American singer’s performance at a Spanish reggae festival was cancelled — then reinstated — when boycott activists sought to force him to issue a pro-Palestinian statement

Senior UN Post for Tzipi Livni in the Works?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli media was buzzing with weekend reports that MK Tzipi Livni may be appointed UN Under-Secretary-General. It all stems from a US veto on Friday of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’ appointment as UN’s envoy to Libya, a block hailed by Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, Livni and Secretary-General

ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat, Mysterious Explosion Rocks Gaza Tunnel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Four rockets were fired at Eilat from the Sinai. Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility and promised more attacks. Three of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome; the fourth landed in an open area. Footage out of #Eilat as several projectiles are fired towards #Israel's southern resort city which

Is a New Middle East War on Israel’s Horizon?

Today’s Top Stories 1.Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus crafts an in-depth analysis of the various players on and near to Israel’s northern and north-eastern borders. Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State, Assad forces, Russia and a variety of other groups are variously competing and cooperating, each with different agendas

Knesset Legalizes Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s Knesset approves legislation retroactively legalizing certain settlements, but the issue isn’t as simple as some headlines imply. Certain West Bank “settlements” (which are typically called “outposts” by Israelis) are actually illegal under Israeli law, if they are not properly approved and permitted by the Israeli government. One example is the recently evacuated Amona

White House: Israeli Settlements Not an Impediment to Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. The White House released a statement on settlement construction: essentially supporting building within existing settlements while gently criticizing the construction of new settlements, or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders, saying that such construction “may not be helpful.” (Despite construction within settlements and “natural growth” of existing settlements, Israel

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