A peace deal that leaves out the Palestinians

What We’re Reading

US-Israel relations

Opinion: Trump’s Middle East ‘Deal’ Leaves Out One Vital Player: Palestinians.,

A deal that amounts to a one state solution—that state being Israel—has perils neither Trump nor Netanyahu can admit,” writes Rashid Khalidi.

Occupation/peace process

Opinion: Palestinians must hang on to the green line, whether the aim is two states or one,

“None of the versions of statehood on the table since 1967 have reached anything near a truly sovereign Palestinian state,” writes Nadia Hijab.

Egypt, Jordan: Solution Other Than Two States Dangerous for Middle East,

Jordan’s king and Egypt’s president discuss stalemate in Middle East peace, say two-state solution is not up for compromise.

Probe said to find Bedouin village incident wasn’t terrorism,

An investigation has reportedly found that an incident in January in a Bedouin village during which a police officer and a local resident were killed was not terrorism, despite the initial claim by police and the public security minister that it was an Islamic State-inspired attack.

Israeli military imposes 2½-week collective punishment on ‘Azzun’s 10,000 residents for actions by individuals,

In late January 2017, the military blocked off vehicle access via the main entrance of Palestinian village of ‘Azzun – and kept the entrance shut nearly continuously for two and a half weeks – as collective punishment for incidents in which stones and Molotov cocktails were hurled and live ammunition fired at the major traffic artery that runs close to the village.


Gaza Is Outwardly Rebuilding, but Inwardly Fearful,

It is unclear how the flickers of change elsewhere in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will ripple to Gaza, which is surrounded by Israel on two sides, by Egypt to the southwest and by the Mediterranean.

Israeli politics

Israeli politician: No concessions for regional Mideast effort,

Israel should not be forced to pay a diplomatic price for security cooperation with moderate Sunni states in the region, former minister Gideon Sa’ar said Tuesday. The statement was seen as critical of those who have called for a regional approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid.