Top News Stories from Israel & Palestine: May 30, 2019

What We’re Reading

Israeli politics

Israel heads to election as Netanyahu fails to form govt,

The dramatic vote, less than two months after parliamentary elections, marked a setback for Netanyahu and sent the longtime leader’s future into turmoil.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Trump: ‘Too bad’ Israel is going to elections,

“It’s too bad what happened in Israel,” the president told reporters. “More likely they’ll have to go back into election mode.”

Florida Cabinet meets in Israel despite illegality complaint,

The Republican governor signed a bill that prohibits anti-Semitism in Florida’s public schools and universities. The new law defines anti-Semitism as including “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis,” ″blaming Israel for all interreligious or political tensions,” or “requiring behavior of Israel that is not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

Occupation/Human rights

The future of Palestine: Youth views on the two-state paradigm,

A quarter of a century on from the Oslo Peace Accords, young Palestinian writers share their views on the future of the two-state solution.

What a Palestinian Woman Has to Do to Visit Her Native West Bank Village,

Living in legal limbo for more than 40 years, Maryam Ibrahim has not been allowed to live in her native West Bank village of Beit Furik with her husband and in recent years, Israel hasn’t allowed her to visit.

Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture,

From January 2018 through March 2019, the Palestinian Authority admitted detaining more than 1,600 people based on their peaceful expression, while Hamas authorities arrested more than 1,000 during the March 2019 protests against its rule alone.

Jordan's King tells Kushner Palestinians must have a state,

Jordan’s King Abdullah drew a red line on the plan that the Trump administration is expected to unveil to attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, telling White House senior adviser Jared Kushner Wednesday it must be based on a two-state solution that gives Palestinians a capital in East Jerusalem.