Below you will find a selection of articles from Israel and Palestine. Please note that this is a random collection of news articles intended to give a 'heads-up' about current affairs in Israel-Palestine. It is not meant to reflect the views of OneVoice. Readers are encouraged to investigate headline stories further in other news sources for a variety of perspectives.
Huckabee tweeted a series of messages with quotes from Khamenei and Hezbollah leader in which they threaten Israel with a holocaust.
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: PA official dismisses report Abbas planning to resign within two months
80-year-old's surprising announcement of retirement is due to fatigue; Abbas advisor labels report "Israeli rumors."
The Times of Israel, AFP: UN powwow in Spain targets ‘foreign terrorist fighters’
Talks focus on preventing Islamist radicals from leaving their countries to join armed jihadist groups abroad.
The Times of Israel, Raphael Ahren: ICC prosecutor says she won’t reopen probe into flotilla deaths
ICC will not open another investigation into the deaths of 10 Turkish citizens aboard a Gaza blockade-busting ship in 2010, despite a pretrial chamber ordering the prosecutor earlier this month to reconsider her decision to close her initial probe into the case.
Ynet News, Itay Blumenthal: Police raids store selling fireworks to Palestinian rioters
"It turned into a makeshift weapon against security forces on the Temple Mount, in East Jerusalem and across the West Bank”
+972, Michael Omer-Man: Has the IDF found a way to climb down the Susya tree?
With more or less the entire Western world warning Israel not to demolish the Palestinian village of Susya and forcefully displace its residents, it is no surprise that the Israeli army might be seeking a way to climb down the tree it is stuck on.
Israel Hayom, Nadav Shragai: The secret of the disengagement from Gaza
One question remains unanswered: Did Ariel Sharon really believe the disengagement was good for Israel?
The Times of Israel, Sandy Cash: Israel’s ‘expendable’ students
An experimental high school saves the kids who fail elsewhere — the Education Ministry is forcing it to close
The Times of Israel, Josefin Dolsten: Surprise IDF drill simulates strikes from north and Gaza
‘Largest surprise’ exercise in recent years rehearses response to rocket and cyber attacks
The Times of Israel, Avi Lewis: Government seeks to crack down on terrorism with new bill
Legislators were set to review a wide-ranging anti-terrorism bill Monday that would significantly clamp down on individuals indirectly assisting Palestinian extremist groups, while establishing explicit penalties for convicted terror operatives.
Al-Monitor, Rasha Abou Jalal: Gaza universities now more accessible, for all the wrong reasons
“Lowering admission standards is not in line with the interests of the labor market and increases the surplus of graduates in academic disciplines for which there aren’t enough jobs, at a time when the Hamas government is suffering a severe financial crisis and hasn’t been paying salaries since June 2014.”
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: Gazans, Jordanians stage protests against UNRWA decision to cut services to Palestinian population
Protesters claim that UNRWA has cut its health and educational services to tens of thousands of Palestinians, and suspect that UNRWA’s scaling-down of its services is part of a “conspiracy” to eliminate the refugee problem.
The Times of Israel, Avi Lewis: IDF probes two senior officers over Gaza school shelling
Two senior IDF officers are being investigated for their role in the shelling of a UN facility in Gaza that killed 20 Palestinians
The Times of Israel, Marissa Newman: From playground to battleground: The Gush Katif kids who went ‘home’ to war
Decade after pullout, 3 Gaza-born soldiers recall their return to the ‘landscape of their childhood’ to fight in last summer’s war
The Times of Israel, Tamar Pileggi: Palestinian suspect killed during West Bank arrest operation
It was the third time in the past week that a Palestinian was killed during an arrest attempt by Israeli Police.
Ynet News, Itay Blumenthal: Settlers step up protest against settlement freeze
In the wake of Sunday's High Court of Justice decision to halt construction in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, settler groups set up a protest tent near the site.
The Times of Israel, Avi Lewis: Arab MK denies Temple Mount ever held a temple
On Tisha B’av day of mourning, Joint (Arab) List lawmaker Masud Ganaim claims Jews have no historical connection to Jerusalem holy site.
The New York Times, Isabel Kershner: Palestinian Youths Clash With Israeli Police in Jerusalem
Masked Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday, as Jews marked an annual day of mourning commemorating the destruction of two ancient temples believed to have once stood at the holy site.
Israel Hayom, Reuven Berko: The false tale of 'apartheid'
Those supporting the "right of return" effectively seek to annihilate the Jewish state. Should the murderous horde overrunning Arab nations find its way to Israel via the "right of return," it will become a bloodbath.
POST IRAN DEAL
Al-Monitor, Uri Savir: Obama's foreign policy doctrine rejected by Israel
Due to the agreement and Netanyahu’s response, Jerusalem is currently more isolated internationally than ever before. This grave situation in which Israel finds itself now could escalate into a catastrophe should Netanyahu and the Republicans defeat the agreement in Congress.
Israel Hayom, Ofer Israeli: The Iranian deal's chain reaction
Unless a proper strategy is adopted, the deal might let Iran produce dozens of nuclear bombs within a decade or two—but the deal's adverse effects will be felt much sooner.
JPost, Herb Keinon: Immoral to say Israel should stay out of Iran accord debate in US
“Efforts to muzzle Israeli voices in the US debate over the Iran nuclear accord are unacceptable, illogical and even immoral, National Infrastructure”- Steinitz
Al-Monitor, Ahmad Melhem: Does Hamas have a ‘revolutionary plan’ for the West Bank?
After a recent arrest campaign against Hamas members in the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority has charged that the movement plans to gain control of the territory.
Al-Arabiya, AFP: Saudi: Hamas leaders visit was not political
Saudi Arabia on Thursday played down the significance of a visit by Hamas leaders, saying it was only a religious pilgrimage and Riyadh’s position on the Palestinian Islamist movement was unchanged.
TOI, AFP: UN requests more funds for Palestinian refugees
Official warns of ‘grave implications’ if agency overseeing refugee camps doesn’t patch $100 million shortfall
Ma’an: Residents, international community brace for Susiya demolition
The Palestinian Bedouin village of Susiya has gained international attention in recent weeks as the community braces for Israeli authorities to demolish their homes in the coming days, despite condemnation.
Ma’an: Israeli forces wound 8 at funeral of 53-year-old killed Thursday
Israeli forces injured eight Palestinians in the occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar Thursday as clashes erupted after the funeral of Falah Abu Maria, who was shot dead in his home at dawn during an Israeli arrest raid, witnesses said.
Wafa: Israeli police assaults elderly in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque
The Israeli police Thursday assaulted a Palestinian elderly and maltreated him at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque compound, according to local sources.
+972, Thair Abu-Rass: Despite the devastation, Gazans see no alternative to Hamas
A year after Operation Protective Edge, I traveled from Israel to visit my family in the Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are suffering from high rates of unemployment, violence, and drug use.
YNet, Matan Tzuri: State-of-the-art warning system to address Gaza-area mortar threat
After mortar shells claimed both soldiers and civilian casualties, new radar system will increase warning time from 3-5 seconds to 15 seconds.
Wafa: Study reveals 51% of Gaza children, 31% adults suffer post-war trauma
Gaza Community Mental Health Program’s (GCMHP) Deputy Director General for Professional Affairs Taysir Diab Thursday said around 51% of Gaza’s children and 31% of its adults suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result to the latest Israeli mass attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.
TOI, Raphael Ahren: World Jewry ever more uneasy with Israel, major study finds
Most Diaspora Jews don’t believe current government is sincere in quest for peace; feel entitled to a say in country’s security policy, new JPPI research highlights
Haaretz, Anshel Pfeffer: Disengagement, 10 years later: how little things change
Ariel Sharon’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza may have been flawed, but at least it showed a leader who took Israel’s destiny seriously.
+972, Natasha Roth: Want to be a judge in Israel? Get in line and sing the national anthem
The Israeli national anthem, a Zionist hymn that excludes Israel’s Palestinian population, could soon become part of the job requirement for judges.
A meeting of EU foreign ministers blasts Israel for what it says are actions that 'seriously threaten the two-state solution', while embracing a new international peace plan that would bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.
The Times of Israel, staff: Israel says it no longer treats Syrian Islamist rebels inside country
A senior IDF officer said Monday that Israel no longer treats casualties from the Syrian civil war who are members of the al-Nusra Front, a rebel group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
The New York Times, Helene Cooper: U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Israel to Soothe Ally After Iran Nuclear Deal
Ashton B. Carter, the United States secretary of defense, cited “Iran’s malign influence” in trying to soothe Israel’s anger over the proposed deal.
Al-Monitor, Ahmad Melhem: The Palestinian dancer who was locked away
Lina Khattab, an 18-year-old dancer and university student, tells Al-Monitor about her ordeal when Israeli forces arrested her and says she hopes she can show the world the suffering of the Palestinians.
Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar: US and EU take strong stand against Israeli demolition plan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remained silent about plans to destroy the West Bank village of Susiya despite calls by the United States and the European Union to rescind the demolition orders. The Susiya affair is the first test of Israeli foreign relations in the post-Iran nuclear crisis era.
YNet News, Moran Azulay: Knesset approves harsher punishments to stone-thrower
Amendment to existing law allows court to sentence rioter to up to 10 years in prison even without proof of intent to cause harm.
YNet News, Tova Tzimoki: Attorney general calls for criminal investigation against Netanyahu's staffer
The investigation will focus on the possible misappropriation of funds by the PMO Deputy Director-General, Ezra Saidoff, and an electrician who worked on the PM's Caesarea home.
+972, Haggai Matar: Casting Jewish-American boycott activists as hypocrites
Israel’s top weekend news show forgets about journalistic integrity when painting American Jewish supporters of the BDS movement as hypocritical, ungrateful and misinformed.
+972, Anat Saragusti: Searching for incitement in Palestinian mosques — harder than you think
Channel 10 News wanted so badly to prove that Muslim preachers in Israel and the occupied territories use their Ramadan sermons to incite against Jews. Something went wrong along the way.
Radical Islamist Salafists in Gaza have threatened to launch projectiles at Israel in retribution for what they call "crimes and conspiracies" conducted by the Strip's ruling faction
Israel Hayom, Daniel Pipes: Israeli options to destroy Iran's nuclear program
whether any government will intervene, militarily force is necessary to stop the nearly inevitable Iranian nuclear buildup.
Al-Monitor, Abou Jalal: English study an escape for Gazans
Attendance in English teaching centers in Gaza is on the rise, with the youth increasingly aware that learning the language increases their chances of finding better jobs and studying abroad.
POST IRAN DEAL
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: “I'm no fan of Bibi but I see a bad deal”
Former Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh argues that the deal with Iran is dangerous to Israel, because it will strengthen Hezbollah and Hamas, while allowing Iran to enlarge its regional hegemony.
The Time of Israel, Dana Weiss: Bibi the Terminator
Netanyahu’s all out war on the deal has isolated Israel and obscured the fact that the region is now a safer place
Admiral (res.) Ami Ayalon says the deal will slow down Iran's fast track to creating a nuclear bomb and that "when it comes to Iran's nuclear capability, this [deal] is the best option."\