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Ma’an: Former Bedouin MK to submit new Arab list for Israel election
Former Arab Knesset Member Talab el-Sana said Thursday that he plans to submit a new Arab list to Israel's Central Election Committee.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid & Jonathan Lis: Rightists file petitions calling for disqualification of Arab MK Zoabi
'Request to disqualify her is meant to defend Israeli democracy against those who seek to destroy it from inside,' says Likud MK.
Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar: Could Meretz party amass more Arab votes?
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Knesset member Esawi Frij says that the strong tribal or family identity of Israeli Arabs will not necessarily encourage them to support the United Arab Party, opening the way to support leftist Meretz.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Israeli Pollsters struggle to keep pace with social media
Following the unexpected results of the 2013 elections, can Israeli pollsters grasp the socio-economic concerns of young Israelis expressed online?
JPost, Gil Hoffman & Lahav Harkov: Herzog: We are strong and united on need to protect our citizens
Peretz vows to fight for solution to terror tunnels.
TOI: Liberman’s Yisrael Beitenu slides to 4 seats in new poll
Zionist Camp at 25, Likud at 23 in Channel 10 survey; Netanyahu 12% ahead of Herzog as preferred PM.
YNet, Atilla Somfalvi: Livni: Netanyahu hurt Israel’s deterrence capability
Zionist Camp deputy chief Livni criticizes Netanyahu for hurting Israel's international standing by alienating Arab world.
NYTimes, Julie Hirschfeld Davis: Administration official criticizes Israeli ambassador over Netanyahu visit
The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
YNet, Gila Morag: Former Mossad chief: I don’t trust Netanyahu, his actions will cost us
Meir Dagan says PM's speech won't change Obama's mind on Iran, adds Sharon had arguments with US but kept it quiet while Netanyahu insists on making fights public.
Al-Arabiya: U.N. rights chief faults Israel, Palestinians over Gaza war justice
Israel and the Palestinians have failed to adequately investigate the full range of apparent human rights violations committed during the Gaza war last summer, the U.N. human rights chief said in a report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
PNN: WHO: Gaza access restrictions tighten, casualty patients delayed
WHO issued monthly report on Gaza referrals and access for December 2014.
TOI, Avi Zimmerman: What’s next for Gaza’s settlers
A modest gathering on a cool January evening may arguably have been the most significant development the settler movement has seen since the 2005 Disengagement from Gaza. In terms of quantity, it was a seemingly insignificant dedication of a single semi-detached home on a quiet street still under construction. In terms of quality, it revealed the soul of a settler, the admiration of his students and an evolving partnership with a city perched upon the crossroads of Israel’s future.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Netanyahu chooses female academics for Likud list
The 11th slot on the list will go to Dr. Anat Berko, world-renowned terrorism expert who teaches at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center's Lauder School of Government.
Haaretz: Bennett fighting internal criticism over ex-ball player pick
47 days to go: Eli Yishai's party resumes talks with extreme rightist Otzma Yehudit in effort to form unified list.
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Comptroller asks to probe Labor Party campaign management
Zionist Camp activists complain of wasted funds, nepotism and consultant’s inflated fees.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Who wants to be a Knesset member?
The political arena has lost its attractiveness for people of substantial public service and achievement, opening the stage for media celebrities, and even for the world of soccer.
NYTimes, Jodi Rudoren: Netanyahu talk stirs backlash in Israeli race
Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as“irresponsible.”
YNet, Reuters: SNL-like show in Israel eases election tension
When Israelis discuss upcoming elections, odds are the conversation will turn to TV satire 'Eretz Nehederet, which even reached President Obama's radar in the past.
PNN: Washington asks Abbas to delay projects to UNSC
Diplomatic sources Tuesday said that the US asked the Palestinian Authority leadership to delay its plans to resubmit the Palestinian statehood resolution to the UN Security Council until after the national elections in "Israel" on 17 March.
Wafa: Foreign minister “concerned” over UNRWA’s Gaza assistance suspension
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki Wednesday said he was concerned over UNRWA’s suspension of cash assistance to tens of thousands of people for repairs to damaged and destroyed homes and for rental subsidies to the homeless.
NYTimes, Isabel Kershner: Israeli group says military attacks on Palestinian homes appeared to violate law
An Israeli human rights group said Israel’s attacks on residential buildings in Gaza during the 50-day war against Hamas last summer appeared in at least some instances to violate the provisions of international law and raised grave legal concerns in others, according to a report to be published on Wednesday.
Al-Monitor, Daoud Kuttab: Palestinian political unity welcomed for Israeli elections
Palestinians in the occupied territories welcomed the decision by their brethren in Israel to form a joint list for the March elections.
NYTimes, Jodi Rudoren: Israeli opposition takes aim at Netanyah over planned speech to congress
Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called on Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.”
+972, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man: ‘Zionist Camp’ takes a lead in polls, but Bibi has upper hand
The top two parties are neck-and-neck and the number of political king-makers is growing. With a number of potential wild-cards ahead, it’s anyone’s election.
+972, Mairav Zonszein: Devoid of issues, elections devolve into clash of perosnalities
Instead of discussing increasing violence against civilians, border skirmishes and the assassination of an Iranian general, Israeli politicians are busy putting out tasteless and tactless campaign videos attacking each other with name-calling.
YNet, Roee Mendel: Kahlon slams Netanyahu government’s ‘neglect’ of periphery
Kulanu leader visits Phoenicia Glass Works Factory in Yeruham, saying 'Israeli citizens don't care about right or left - they care about making ends meet'.
Haaretz, Chaim Levinson: Bennett moves Habayit Hayehudi ticket slightly to the left
The right-winger chooses a former Labor Party activist to replace a candidate close to the rabbis, soon after tapping a former soccer star.
PNN, Richard Walker: If charges are leveled in ICC, day of reckoning may be nearing Israeli leaders
Economic and political blackmail by Israel and its backers in Washington has failed to prevent the one thing Israel has always feared: being branded a war criminal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. And that is sure to happen now that the Palestinians have joined the ICC, despite threats of economic sanctions from pro-Zionist politicians in Washington and Tel Aviv.
Al-Monitor, Asmaa Al-Ghoul: Islamic Jihad takes mediator role between Hamas, Fatah
Islamic Jihad is considering joining a Hamas-led administrative committee in Gaza, as it breaks its silence in a bid to resolve the Hamas-Fatah feud that's crippling the Gaza Strip.
Al-Jazeera, MJ Rosenberg: The price of Netanyahu’s Washington trip
For Netanyahu, the only gauge of success is whether an action helps or hurts his election chances.
Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar: Settlement funding: Likud betrays the poor
Over the years, the Likud Party has preferred to grant vast funds to settlements, instead of caring for the weak and poor sectors, which got it to power in the first place.
Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg: The Netanyahu Disaster
The Israeli prime minister has two main tasks, and he's failing at both.
YNet, Attila Somfalvi: Peri: Netanyahu endangering IDF soldiers
Former minister Yaakov Peri slams PM over spat with Obama administration, says it could weaken US opposition against bringing IDF soldiers before the Hague.
Al-Arabiya, AFP: U.N. halts Gaza house repairs saying donors failed to pay up
The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday that it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year’s war with Israel because donors have failed to pay.
Ma’an: Hamas says UNRWA decision to cut programs ‘shocking’
Hamas on Tuesday said that UNRWA's decision to suspend funding for displaced Gazans due to a lack of funding was "shocking."
YNet, Elior Levy: 10,000 Palestinian teens graduate Hamas terror camp
Haniyeh attends graduation ceremony for Gazan group's youngest members, who have been trained to use sniper rifles and simulated tunnel infiltrations to Israel.
TOI, Morad Stern: WhatsApp: Surprising platform in Israel’s government election campaign
It was President Barack Obama that started with an intensive use of social networks for his 2008 US presidential campaign. Today, using social networks for political campaigns is such an obvious move.
+972, Amjad Iraqi: How the join Arab slate challenges Israel’s discriminatory politics
For the first time, the Knesset could have a sizable political bloc that is ’100 percent for equality, 100 percent against occupation.’ The joint Arab slate should use this to not only challenge the right-wing’s discriminatory agenda, but to expose the center-left’s distorted idea of democracy.
Haaretz: Yesh Atid to announce openly gay candidate
49 days to go: Israeli ambassador to U.S. reprimanded for forbidden political campaigning on behalf of Netanyahu.
Tablet, Yair Rosenberg: Watch the Knesset speech that shows how Israel’s left can win
Knesset member Stav Shaffir goes viral with leftist credo for today’s Israel
Haaretz, Uri Misgav: Israel’s centrist parties should unite to defeat Netanyahu in the election
A joint slate including the Zionist Camp and Yesh Atid is the best way to get rid of the fearmongering prime minister.
Haaretz: Female Ethiopian activist on Kahlon’s list disqualified
9 days to go: Israeli ambassador to U.S. reprimanded for forbidden political campaigning on behalf of Netanyahu.
+972, Samah Salaime Egbariya: The Arab parties united? Great, now it’s time to get to work
After a great deal of work, the joint Arab election slate has finally come into fruition. But what does the list say about the place of women in Arab politics? Who proved himself to be the real leader of the group? And what can the Arab public do now?
+972, Tom Mehager: Why Mizrahim don’t vote for the left
It is no wonder that Mizrahim vote for right-wing parties when the Ashkenazi-dominated Left has done everything in its power to exclude them. Want things to change? Start talking about Ashkenazi privilege.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Herzog may accept invite to Washington
AIPAC's invitation to Herzog to speak at its Policy Conference could help him build his diplomatic credentials as an alternative to the prime minister.
+972, Mairav Zonszein: IDF commander dismisses Unit 8200 refuseniks
'These operations, and not our letter, are what make military service political.’ The 43 reservist soldiers who refused to serve in the IDF respond to their dismissal.
Wafa: USAID programs continue: No offices closed or personnel let off
Contrary to news circulating on local news websites, the United States assistance for programs related to the Local Governance and Public Works Ministries through USAID, hasn’t been suspended and no West Bank and Gaza Strip’s personnel were let off.
TOI, Lazar Berman: PFLP head meets with Khamenei in Tehran
Iranian Supreme Leader tells Assad ally Ahmad Jibril that Iran will always support Palestinians
TOI, Judah Ari Gross: Most Palestinians think Israel involved in Paris attacks—poll
Palestinian Authority newspaper writers claim Israel carried out attacks to drive French immigration
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Obama snubs, Netanyahu scores
Despite the damage to his relations with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coming congressional address is expected to strengthen his status within his Israeli right-wing electoral base.
JPost, Michael Wilner: Israeli ambassador to US calls Netanyahu address a ‘sacred duty’
Tehran and the P5+1 are considering a nuclear deal that leaves Iran a "threshold nuclear power"— an unacceptable outcome, Israel's ambassador to the US Ron Dermer says.
Haaretz: ‘Don’t preach about Zionism’: Labor MK’s attack on Israeli right goes viral
The right-wing parties are 'scared because in the past two years we have exposed [their] corruption,' says Stav Shaffir in video of a Knesset speech that is making the rounds of social media.
TOI: New poll finds Likud, Zionist Camp neck and neck
Survey gives both parties 25 seats; Jewish Home stable at 16, new united Arab list to receive 12.
NYTimes, Jodi Rudoren: Israeli Arab political factions join forces to keep place in parliament
Facing an increased electoral threshold that threatens to bar small parties from Parliament, Israel’s Arab political factions announced on Friday the formation of a single ticket for the March elections.
+972, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man: The ‘anti-Zionist’ camp goes mainstream in Israeli elections
Both Netanyahu and Livni are leveraging their international influence for electoral gain: Netanyahu in Congress and Livni at the United Nations. And, will the real Zionist camp please stand up?
+972, Mairav Zonszein: Arab parties announce joint slate for upcoming election
In a bid to remain relevant with an increased electoral threshold, the three Arab parties and Communist party Hadash are to run on one list in the March 17 elections.
Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar: Will a united Arab party survive elections?
Despite huge ideological gaps, Arab parties in Israel are trying to form a joint list for the election, but their traditional voter base might not follow.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Instead of reform, Israeli candidates offer gimmicks
The current Israeli election campaign is stocked with politicians visiting the Jerusalem market, populist declarations after the Tel Aviv terror attack and embarrassing video clips, but no proposals for reform or any consolidated agenda.
JPost: Report: US officials warn breach of protocol could have consequences for Netanyahu
No indication of Netanyahu's visit or even the invitation by US house speaker John Boehner was mentioned in a recent meeting with the Israeli ambassador, a US source says.
Al-Monitor, Laura Rozen: Obama, Kerry freeze out Bibi over impromptu Hill visit
The upcoming meeting to reach an Iran nuclear deal raises tensions between the Obama administration and Israel.
BBC: The lost sons
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+972, Yael Marom & Nadav Frankovich: Arab parties likely to announce historic joint election slate in coming days
Islamists, Marxists, women and Jews: The Arab parties have done the seemingly impossible and are likely announce a united election slate in the coming days.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Inviting Netanyahu to congress: a political blow to Herzog, Bennett and Obama
Netanyahu will use the speech to boost his election campaign while helping his Republican allies undercut Obama's efforts to secure an agreement with Iran.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Israeli party lists show new names, little experience
Ahead of Israel's elections, many publicly unknown figures have been promised slots on different party lists, while the esteemed former Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was rejected and no leading municipal leader and few former generals were willing to join.
YNet, Orly Azoulay: With a little help from Netanyahu’s billionaire friends
The Republicans, who control the US Congress, have organized a visit for Israel's prime minister which is worth more than 1,000 political strategists and copywriters' brilliant ideas.
Vox, Max Fisher: John Boehner’s outrageous plan to help a foreign leader undermine Obama
House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress in February, on the topic of Iran. On the surface, this might seem innocent enough. Israel is a close American ally. Surely he should be welcome in Congress, particularly to discuss an issue that concerns his country.
Haaretz, Zvi Zrahiya: Knesset approves increase in minimum wage
Monthly salaries will rise to minimum of $1,270 a month by 2017; Histadrut: This is huge news for the 25% of salaried employees who will be affected.
TOI, AP & Lazar Berman: Obama won’t meet Netanyahu during Washington visit
After cold response to news of Congress address, White House cites principle of not meeting with world leaders before elections
Ma’an: Palestine, Russia sign bilateral agreements
Palestine and Russia signed two bilateral agreements on Thursday, Palestinian ambassador to Russia Faed Mustafa said.
Forward, David Goldiner: 6 things Barack would rather do than meet Bibi
It’s no secret that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu don’t like each other. Not one little bit.
PNN: Security coordination with Israel hit zero, says PLO executive
PLO National and Central Council member, Ahmed Majdalani, today told PNNthat there was nothing left of the security coordination with Israeli occupation authorities, except for the civil related issues, for the benefit of the people, as in patient referrals and officials.
JPost, Niv Elis: Parties vie for credit as Knesset readies final minimum wage bill
Chaos erupted in the Knesset session as players from across the political spectrum lashed out at one another.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Yesh Atid aims to woo Orthodox voters
Kahlon promises party won't be anti-religious.
Haaretz, Ravit Hecht: Zionist Camp’s ambiguity leaves Meretz a chance to shake its stupor
Labor-Hatnuah is maintaining an Israeli statesmanship-like stance, which unfortunately includes utter obeisance to the Moloch of security.
Haaretz, Chaim Levinson: Habayit Hayehudi candidate sought to block hiring of Arabs
Bezalel Smutrich, No. 9 on list, was co-founder of NGO that unsuccessfully pressured settlement council not to employ Arabs in 2011.
Haaretz, Jack Khoury: Israeli Arab parties poised to forge joint ticket for Knesset election
Any showing below 12 or 13 seats in the 120-seat parliament would be a failure, one party official says.
Forward, Elana Sztokman: A political tipping point for Ultra-Orthodox women?
There is a new feminist revolution happening in Israel, and it is emerging from one of the most surprising places: Ultra-Orthodoxy.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Livni: Israeli citizens deserve to live safely in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and near the Gaza border
Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni reacted to the terror attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, saying "Israeli citizens deserve to live safely in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and near the Gaza border – everywhere in Israel and outside of it.
Al-Arabiya, Yossi Mekelberg: Israeli primaries are over, welcome to the main show
In less than two months Israeli citizens will once again have the privilege of electing representatives for their next parliament - the Knesset.
+972: Netanyahu blames Abbas for Tel Aviv stabbing attack
Palestinian man boards public bus during rush hour, stabbing at least 10 before being shot in the leg and apprehended.
Al-Monitor, Shlomi Eldar: Israeli Bedouin call for inquiry over police conduct
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Talal al-Krenawi, mayor of the Bedouin town Rahat, accuses the Israeli police of using unnecessary force in riots that erupted over the past two days instead of trying to calm the situation.
+972, Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man: Is the ICC running against Netanyahu in Israeli elections?
It’s election season: Israeli politicians are peddling pure spin about the ICC and possible war crimes investigations.
YNet, Nehama Duek: Meretz politicians discuss party’s future
Ilan Gilon, Michal Rozin, and Avi Dabush talk about the faction's image problem, why they don't want a united left-wing bloc, and what they hope to achieve
TOI, Ben Sales: Candidates ask: Who answers the call?
Likud ad recalls 2008 HIllary Clinton spot, but Zionist Camp and Kulanu respond
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Analysis: Meretz plays inside baseball and strikes out
Opening up the party primary beyond its central committee could have brought fresh faces to the party's recycled list.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Yisrael Beytenu tries to rebrand itself as ‘social’ via Levy-Abecasis
Levy-Abecasis denied that she is simply a fig leaf covering up for the party's lack of focus on such matters.
Haaretz: Israel’s pre-election aerial bombing
Evidence indicating that the strike on Syria stemmed from electoral considerations is weighty.
BBC, Yolande Knell: How Palestinian democracy has failed to flourish
In the main market of Qalqilya there is still the smell of spices and all the hustle and bustle that I remember from my first visit to the West Bank town 10 years ago.
Haaretz, Aaron Magid: A crisis in U.S.-Palestinian ties
Unlike the United States' harmless verbal attacks against Israel, its hostile actions against the Palestinians comprise a strategic threat, spawning an ever-low point in their relationship.
TOI, AFP: Abbas: Israel must choose between settlements and peace
In press conference with Japan’s Shinzo Abe, PA president condemns ‘despicable’ Islamic State threats against Japanese hostages
PNN: Foreign ministry condemns Israel’s calls to liquidate ICC
Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned, in a statement Monday, statements made by Israeli cabinet ministers, in which they called for liquidating the assets of the International Criminal Court upon its launching of a preliminary investigation into potential Israeli war crimes committed against Palestinians,WAFA news agency said.
+972, Noam Sheizaf: Election analysis: A shared Netanyahu-Herzog government?
Herzog and Bibi’s political interests and the fragmented Knesset that is likely to emerge after the elections might force Likud and Labor into a power-sharing deal. Avigdor Liberman and President Rivlin already support the idea.
YNet: New polls put center-left bloc ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud
Channel 10 poll gives center-left Zionist Camp 24 Knesset seats as opposed 20 for Likud; Channel 2 report gives bloc 25 and Likud 23; polls also says tides shifting against Netanyahu regards to personal choice for prime minister.
Haaretz: The danger is too great: Arab parties must unite
Arab representation in the Knesset is threatened - and rising Jewish nationalism and racism may endanger Israeli Arabs' very future.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Labor takes three-seat lead over Likud in latest ‘Post’ poll
Both Labor and Bayit Yehudi received boosts from their primaries this week.
TOI, Marissa Newman: Livni hints Zionist camp may not sit in coalition with Likud
Party’s No. 2 says unity government must have unified approach, and Netanyahu and Bennett’s way ‘is not our way’
JPost: Herzog, Livni vow to fight war crimes probe if elected
The joint Labor-Hatnua campaign headed by Tzipi Livni and Isaac Herzog released a statement on Friday vowing to resist any attempts by the International Criminal Court to haul Israeli officials and soldiers onto the dock for war crimes if elected.
Wafa: Abbas hints at dissolving PA should status quo persist
In response to financial crisis gripping the Palestinian Authority, President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday hinted that he would dissolve the PA.
WaPo, William Booth & Ruth Eglash: In Israel, debate over whether French Jews should come—or stay home
Soon after four Jewish men were killed in a hostage-taking siege at a kosher market in Paris last week, the Israeli leadership leapt to offer refuge.
Al-Monitor, Daoud Kuttab: Palestinians to give UNSC bid another shot
The Arab League has backed Palestinian calls for another attempt at the UN Security Council, with the Palestinians confident they can secure the needed votes after the changeover of seats.
TOI, Justin Jalil & AFP: FM calls to dismantle ICC after launch of ‘war crimes’ probe
Liberman slams ‘scandalous’ decision; Netanyahu accuses International Criminal Court of being ‘part of the problem’
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Analysis: The National Religious party by any other name
Despite Bennett's best efforts, the Bayit Yehudi's new list is one in which legendary party leader and education minister Zevulun Hammer wouldn't feel uncomfortable.
Haaretz,Zvi Zrahiya: Social justice issues taking center stage in Israel election campaign
Labor, Kulanu and Yesh Atid place socioeconomic policies at top of priorities
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Netanyahu joins Bennett’s attack: Labor list is radical left, anti-Zionist
Habayit Hayehudi published a series of posters with the images of top Labor Knesset candidates along with quotes against symbols in the Zionist consensus.
Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar: Meretz party: Victim of its own convictions
The left-wing Meretz Party suffers from a negative image among Jewish voters, but its greatest problem is speaking the truth and daring to criticize the government even at times of military conflict.
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Lieberman reveals campaign slogan: ‘Ariel for Israel; Umm al-Fahm for Palestine’
New party list to be revealed next week, Yisrael Beiteinu chairman announces.
TOI, Haviv Rettig Gur: The dark side of Labor’s upbeat primary
Isaac Herzog has led Labor to impressive heights in national polls ahead of the March elections. So why didn’t he get his own way with his party’s shrinking base?
Al-Jazeera: UN asks Israel to unlock Palestine tax funds
Senior UN official says Israel's freeze of $127m owed to Palestinian Authority is in violation of Oslo peace agreement.
Al-Arabiya, Reuters: Arab states endorse new Palestinian move at U.N. Security Council
Arab foreign ministers on Thursday endorsed a Palestinian plan to resubmit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council calling for Israel to withdraw from occupied territories by late 2017.
Ma’an: Arab League to push for new Palestinian UN resolution
The Arab League said on Thursday it will seek to shore up international support for another attempt to obtain a UN resolution on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands.
YNet, AFP & Itamar Eichner: Swedish foreign minister not welcome in Israel, official says
'The Swedish foreign minister would not have been given any official meetings in Israel if she had traveled here. What Sweden did was an utterly unfriendly action,' Foreign Ministry spokesperson says.
PNN: Israel approved 16, 716 settlement units in 2014
"The Israeli government approved schemes for building 16,716 new settlement units in 33 settlements during 2014," the officer in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said.
Ma’an: Hamas official: Abbas part of the blockade on Gaza
Palestinian MP Fathi Hammad said Wednesday that the unity government and President Mahmoud Abbas are part of the siege on Gaza and an obstacle for reconstruction of the war-torn territory.
Al-Jazeera, Megan O’Toole & Konstantinos Antonopoulos: Anatomy of a Gaza smuggling tunnel
As Egypt destroys tunnels linking the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula, Al Jazeera examines the economic impact.
TOI, Avi Issacharoff: Hamas hardliner runs secret Gaza terror cells targeting Fatah
Islamist terror group’s former interior minister, Fatahi Hamad, seen behind recent series of bombings, aims to prevent Palestinian unity progress
Haaretz, Ilan Lior: Kahlon: There is no Palestinian partner for peace, Jerusalem will remain unified
Kulanu leader has recently portrayed himself as the real, moderate Likud, but in an interview with Haaretz he outlines a hawkish agenda.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Analysis: Labor members send Palestinians a memo
In Tuesday's primary, Labor members made it clear: We are back dealing with ourselves and our wallets again. Socioeconomic issues will come first.
JPost, Gil Hoffman: Labor renames itself after choosing socioeconomic list
They decided that the combined list would be called Hamahane Hatzioni in Hebrew. Its English name has not been decided yet.
JPost, Lahav Harkov: Long lines of Bayit Yehudi members wait to elect new party slate
Voter turnout rate for the primary was fifty seven percent.
JPost, Niv Elis & Lahav Harkov: Kahlon wants to be finance minister
Koolanu leader won't agree to pre-67 lines or divide Jerusalem and says Abbas not a partner for peace; "Likud abandoned social issues – I am a Begin Likudnik."
+972, Sinai Peter: Should a join Arab list trump Jewish-Arab unity? Not so fast
The temptation of the Arab parties to unite in order to form a stronger political bloc is great. Everyone wants to give Liberman the election surprise of a lifetime. But what is the cost?
YNet, Roee Mendel: Kahlon: Netanyahu, Lapid, and Bennett to blame for high living costs
Kulanu party chairman explains in interview with Ynet that Likud 'moved away from its social position', slams Netanyahu for not doing enough to resolve social difficulties: 'We are measured by the results we achieve, not by words or Facebook posts'.
YNet, Ariella Ringel-Hoffman: ‘Zionism is over, Israel at critical juncture’
Avraham Burg, once speaker of the Knesset and deputy president, is voting for the communist Hadash party in the next elections; in 20 years, he says, Israel will be in a confederation with Palestine or a fundamentalist religious republic.
TOI, Itamar Sharon: High court rejects bid to annul 3.25% Knesset threshold
Justices cite proximity to general election and suggest petitioners make fresh attempt ahead of next election
TOI, Lazar Berman: Kahlon says his party will back peace, but there’s ‘no partner’
Kulanu chairman blames Netanyahu, Lapid, and Bennett for economic woes, promises party will sit in next government
TOI, AFP: Hamas MPs meet, slam Abbas in sign of Palestinian rifts
Representative of Gaza-based group emphasizes that president has no authority to forbid assembly of parliament
Ma’an: Israel extends administrative detention orders of 30 detainees
Israeli authorities renewed the administrative detention orders of 30 Palestinian detainees on Wednesday, a lawyer from the Palestinian Prisoner's Society said.
YNet, Itamar Eichner: US consulate to arm Palestinian guards in spite of Israeli law
Plan to give 35 Palestinian security guards weapons draws fire from Israeli guards, who quit in protest.
Ma’an: Hamas officials reactivate separate parliament in Gaza
Hamas-affiliated parliament members in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday reactivated the coastal enclave's parliament, which had been suspended since a unity deal between Fatah and Hamas was agreed upon in April.
TOI, AFP: Hamas official warns Gaza becoming ‘ripe for terrorism’
Islamist group MP says international community must accelerate rebuilding of Strip or else extremism will spread.