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What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas continues cracking down hard on ISIS supporters. But if ISIS popularity continues to rise in Gaza, it could make for some interesting bedfellows, according to the Financial Times (click via Google News). Some regional analysts now speculate that, were Isis’s influence to expand further in Gaza or Egypt’s adjoining Sinai peninsula,

Palestinians Drop Bid to Kick Israel Out of World Soccer

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians dropped their bid to kick Israel out of international soccer. Haaretz describes the compromise that was reached with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives: Then, the Congress passed an amended version of the Palestinian proposal, which called for the formation of a committee to look into freedom of


Some Straight Talk About the BDS

How clear does the BDS have to be about its true intentions before seemingly well-meaning people stop giving it the benefit of the doubt? A case in point is the recent article from Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston, who seems to genuinely want the BDS to come clean about its goals: What does BDS really want


Netanyahu Offers to Discuss Borders

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu told the EU’s Federica Mogherini he wants to resume peace talks, with an eye to “reach understandings on the borders of settlement blocs that Israel would annex under any peace agreement.” An Israeli source briefed on Netanyahu’s meeting with Federica Mogherini last Wednesday said the prime minister


Why is the BDS Afraid of the State Department?

The State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism moved one step closer to widespread adoption this week as University of California President Janet Napolitano endorsed the definition. “I have my own personal view, and my personal view is that we should” accept the State Department’s definition, Napolitano told Boston Public Radio program Hear and Now. The issue,


Can FIFA Boss Defuse Israel-Palestinian Tensions?

Today’s Top Stories 1. FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter is visiting Jerusalem and Ramallah to defuse Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. Blatter reiterated his opposition to any sanctions, and even suggested a peace match. More background at the JTA and Los Angeles Times. One particular point of friction where the Palestinians think they have


New Israeli Cabinet Sworn In

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Mideast media reports, Israeli and Arab diplomats from undisclosed Sunni states met in Jordan: The report alleged that several Arab diplomats said that countries in the region should be preparing for a new reality as the United States’ influence on regional security begins to retreat.   They also were


Soldiers’ “Testimonies” Break Credibility, Not Silence

Today’s Top Stories 1. A few papers picked up on Breaking the Silence’s 240 page collection of soldiers’ testimonies about last year’s Gaza war. But not complaining to superiors about ethical issues — rather anonymously slinging mud about unverifiable incidents — breaks credibility, not silence. This Washington Post snippet aptly sums up what you need to


Nepal Quake: 250 Israelis Unaccounted For

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nepal hit by massive earthquake and aftershocks; as this roundup went to press, the death toll passed 2,200. Israel dispatched a team of experts to assess the situation and is preparing to deploy a field hospital, search and rescue personnel, and a Magen David Adom team. According to Israeli press reports, 170