Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas assault press freedom.
Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Al Jazeera reports that Yasser Arafat died of radiation poisoning, prompting Palestinian officials to tell AFP they seek an international investigation modeled after the UN’s inquiry into the Rafik Hariri…
Asharq al-Awsat and Haaretz confirm Abbas has plans to dismantle the PA, and force Israel to reoccupy the West Bank if there’s no breakthrough in peace talks. Asharq writes: According to this official, the plan has been worked out at the request of president Abbas, and it calls for transferring the health, educational, and tourism…
Who reports Palestinian public statements of intent that don’t fit with the accepted narrative?
Why has an Israeli video explaining the history and legal status of the West Bank upset the Palestinians? Could the real story be a threat to the distorted Palestinian narrative?
Why does the Financial Times cling to the previously accepted wisdom that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the fulcrum at the heart of the Middle East’s troubles and consider Hamas a credible peace partner?
Dan Ephron’s report on Mahmoud Abbas reads like a tribute to the PA leader, not the work of a professional journalist.
The LA Times contends that the brutal murder of the Fogel family is part of an ongoing “cycle of violence” provoked by settlement building.
A mother, father and three of their children were stabbed to death. But the BBC is more concerned with “settlements”.
A Fatah-affiliated youth center has named a sports event after Wafa Idris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber.