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.
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: Gaza unemployment world’s highest as 60% of youth find themselves jobless
While about 43% of PA’s expenditures are spent in Gaza, only 13% of its revenues come from Gaza
PNN: The world is failing Gaza
Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing to a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals.
Obama at Adas
Haaretz: In U.S. synagogue speech, Obama says Palestinians ‘not easy partners’
President addresses congregation at Adas Israel synagogue in Washington, says has 'periodic differences' with Netanyahu.
Ma’an: Deputy FM to envoys: Bible shapes Israel’s foreign policy
A top Israeli diplomat, in a video seen by AFP on Friday, has instructed envoys to quote the Bible as giving Jews sovereignty over the entire Holy Land, including the West Bank.
YNet, AP: Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal
Palestinian president reiterates important of two states side by side; Peres: Majority of Israelis support two-state solution.
TOI, Joshua Davidovich: Can you hear Obama now?
President’s warning that Netanyahu’s words against Arabs will have ramifications rings loud, but not necessarily clear
YNet: Hotovely: Land of Israel belongs to the Jews
Quoting Rashi, the new deputy FM tells Israeli diplomats that, 'this country is ours, all of it. We didn’t come here to apologize for that.'
+972, Natasha Roth: Playing with fire: IDF to use new weapon on West Bank protests
A new type of sponge-tipped bullet introduced in East Jerusalem last summer has broken arms, fractured faces, destroyed eyesight and killed a teenager. Now a similar projectile is slated for use against Palestinians in the West Bank.
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: First international blunder of Bibi’s new government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's zigzagging over the plan to separate Jews and Palestinian workers traveling to the territories demonstrates the strong hold of the settlers over his fragile coalition.
PNN: Erekat: The new Israeli cabinet shows its commitment to extreme Apartheid policies
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs. Federica Mogherini, met with Palestinians and Israelis Wednesday, in an attempt to prompt adherence to the 2-State Solution and ask both sides to fulfill their commitments to previous rounds of negotiations and agreements, including halting Israeli settlement expansion.
YNet, Itamar Eichner: France seeks 18-month deadline for Israel-Palestinians peace talks
According to French initiative, if sides fail to reach agreement by deadline, Paris will officially recognize Palestine; plan includes demand for Palestinians to recognize Israel as Jewish state.
TOI, Elie Leshem: Obama: US must criticize Israel if it is to defend it
In wide-ranging interview, president implies anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, plays down threat of Mideast nuclear arms race
Ma’an: PLO: Netanyahu paving ‘new wave of racist policies’
PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat on Wednesday labeled the new Israeli coalition "racist" and "extremist" as the European Union attempted to encourage both sides to adhere to previous peace agreements.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Obama: Netanyahu’s anti-Arab remarks likely to have foreign policy consequences
President says because U.S. is close to Israel, Oval Office had to speak up about Israeli PM's Election Day comments lest it lose credibility.
TOI, Daniel Bernstein: PM tells skeptical Arab party head he’ll tackle inequality
In first meeting with Joint List leader Ayman Odeh, Netanyahu promises new plans for Arab development
Ma’an: Lieberman blasts Netanyahu for talks with Joint Arab list
Israel's former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel talks with the head of parliament's Palestinian parties, accusing him of granting legitimacy to "terror supporters."
YNet, Yoav Zitun & Elior Levy: IDF’s improves life for Palestinians: ‘it brings peace and security’
From new roads to increased work permits, the IDF is trying a new approach in an effort to preserve the delicate security situation in the West Bank.
+972, Samah Salaime: Lifelong refugees: Palestinian boat people search for a new home
After escaping the horrors of the Syrian Civil War by boat, a group of Palestinian refugees washed up on the shores of Greece. Now they are wandering the streets of Athens without food or shelter.
TOI, Renee Ghert-Zand: Dating app takes aim at Mideast conflict
Tinder-like Verona seeks to connect Israelis and Palestinians for love, not war
West Bank Buses
NYTimes, Isabel Kershner: Israel cancels project barring Palestinians from some buses
Responding to intense criticism, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuof Israel on Wednesday abruptly shelved a contentious pilot project introduced this week that prohibited Palestinians returning to theWest Bank from riding on the same buses as Israelis headed to Jewish settlements.
WaPo, Ruth Eglash: Israel announces—then scraps—plans for separate Palestinian buses
A government plan to separate Palestinians and Israelis traveling on the same public buses in the West Bank was suspended within hours of being announced Wednesday after critics likened the program to apartheid.
+972, Larry Derfner: A dark tale from Netanyahu nation
Assassinations, lies and conspiracy theories.
TOI, Gedalyah Reback & Elhanan Miller: Rivlin: Segregating West Bank buses ‘unthinkable’
President attacks now-canceled idea that would have kept Palestinian laborers off Israeli buses
TOI, Elhanan Miller: Netanyahu puts the brakes on ‘segregated’ West Bank buses
Left-wing Knesset members decry ‘apartheid’ plan that would oblige Palestinian workers to use checkpoints on return from Israel
Al-Monitor, Mazal Mualem: Erdan challenges Netanyahu, refuses cabinet position
In a surprising move, senior Likud member and former Interior Minister Gilad Erdan rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer of a Cabinet position and is staying out of the new government.
TOI: Netanyahu tells EU’s Mogherini he’s committed to two-state solution
European foreign policy chief, in region to explore renewing peace talks with Palestinians, says she believes prime minister
Haaretz, Michelle Nichols: UN says will engage with Netanyahu on ‘realistic options’ for return to peace talks
UN Middle East envoy tells Security Council that Gaza is 'desperate and angry' over devastation following summer's 50-day war.
PNN: Barghouthi: the EU is not biased, it is only sick of Israel’s behavior
The seventh Israeli channel on Wednesday, the day EU Middle East envoy Federica Mogherini is scheduled to arrive in the region, published report by non-governmental organizations saying that the European Union was biased towards Palestine against the Israeli occupation for the recent past years.
Al-Monitor, Ben Caspit: Netanyahu’s new government already on shaky ground
With the numerous challenges facing the new Netanyahu government, and with a slender majority, many are predicting his coalition won't last long.
YNet, Roi Yanovsky & Omri Efraim: Two border police officers hurt in vehicular attack in Jerusalem
Terrorist from East Jerusalem killed by police gunfire; victims sustain light-to-moderate wounds; riots reported at site of incident near Mount of Olives.
PNN: Sweden announces 4.3M contribution to the PA’s salaries and pensions
The Swedish State Secretary for International Development Cooperation Ulrika Modéer, who is currently visiting Palestine, announced today that the Government of Sweden will be making a contribution to the May salaries and pensions of around 68,500 Palestinian civil servants and pensioners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the payment of which is currently scheduled to take place in early June. The Swedish contribution will amount to SEK 40 million (c.€4.3 million) and will be channelled through the European Union's PEGASE mechanism.
YNet, Itamar Eichner: Shalom claims he’s de facto foreign minister
Netanyahu tasked former FM with renewing peace talks, liaising with US and dealing with international community on Gaza, so what else is left for Deputy Minister Hotovely?
TOI, Jonathan Beck: Kahlon takes aim at housing crisis with rent control plan
Legislation would prevent landlords from hiking prices for first 3-5 years from signing a contract
Al-Arabiya: HRW denounces Israel expulsion of Bedouins, Palestinians
A rights group on Tuesday condemned Israeli court decisions paving the way for the eviction of Bedouins and Palestinians from their villages, calling on the state to let them stay put.
Ma’an: Palestinian sentenced to 8 months prison over Facebook posts
An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced a Palestinian man to eight months of imprisonment with an additional six months suspended for activity on social media.
Ma’an: Israel court approves Bedouin land confiscation, HRW condemns
The Israeli Supreme court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by the descendants of Sheikh Suleiman Muhammad al-Ukbi against a decision by the central court of Beersheba three years ago.
JPost, Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinian Authority continues crackdown on Hamas supporters
In the Hebron area, the PA General Intelligence Service arrested Anan al-Shahateet, a student at the Polytechnic University, and summoned for interrogation his colleague, Mohamed Rashaideh.
Al-Monitor, Mohammed Othman: Tensions increase between Hamas, Salafists
Hamas-affiliated security forces have been waging a large-scale arrest campaign targeting Salafists, while Gaza’s fate seems to hang in the balance.
Haaretz, Seth Lipsky: What Ayelet Shaked can learn from Sarah Palin
The former Alaska governor could make a natural friend for Habayit Hayehudi's new justice minister - and it's got nothing to do with their looks.
NYTimes, Henry Siegman: Give up on Netanyahu, go to the United Nations
The greetings President Obama extended last week to Israel’s new government may have sounded conciliatory, but Mr. Obama no longer entertains any illusions about Israel’s leaders.
Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar: Will US endorse French UN resolution on Palestinian statehood?
In view of the composition of the new Israeli government and its policies, France could replace the United States in leading the efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by advancing a UN resolution on Palestinian statehood.
PNN: PA demands ICC set fixed date to submit lawsuits against Israel
The Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad Al-Maliki on Monday said that he asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to set a date for submitting the case files pertaining to the settlements and war crimes lawsuits against Israel to the court.
Haaretz, Jonathan Lis: Likud source: Defense minister, not Habayit Hayehudi, will decide on settlement construction
Holding deputy defense minister position was one of Habayit Hayehudi's key achievements - losing responsibility for approving settlement construction would gut it.
Haaretz, Barak Ravid: Netanyahu puts minister Silvan Shalom, who opposed Palestinian state, in charge of talks with PA
Shalom has never publicly supported a two-state solution, and has even expressed his support for West Bank settlement construction.
+972, Samah Salaime: Isaac Herzog, leader of the non-opposition
Many people have described Isaac Herzog’s maiden speech as Leader of the Opposition as the speech that could have won him the election. But under closer scrutiny, he doesn’t really offer a viable alternative.
YNet, AFP: Netanyahu appoints Silvan Shalom as peace negotiator
Palestinians denounce appointment of new interior minister, saying Shalom did not believe in the two-state solution.
YNet, Reuters: Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says
EU foreign policy chief says she is eager to leverage Europe's position to step in after US failure to make progress last year; she will meet with Netanyahu and Abbas this week.
TOI, Daniel Bernstein: In first speech, Shaked expresses hope to rein in court
New justice minister rejects attempt to cast her as ‘force of darkness,’ hopes for debate on power balance without ‘tyranny of thought’
+972: Infographic: East Jerusalem by the numbers, 2015
Ahead of Jerusalem Day 2015, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) released a factsheet detailing the disparities between the city’s Jewish and Palestinian residents and the systemic discrimination in East Jerusalem. The following infographic accompanies the report. Read more here.
TOI, Marissa Newman: Netanyahu: Jerusalem construction ‘our natural right’
PM pledges capital ‘won’t be divided again'; opposition leader says Netanyahu’s policies dividing Jerusalem
Ma’an: Vatican recognition of saints symbolic victory for Palestinian
The grounds of the Carmel Convent in Bethlehem, home to blue-shuttered stone buildings on a hilltop facing the Nativity Church, are adorned with the image of Mariam Bawardy, one of two Palestinian nuns canonized by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday.