Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: May 9, 2019

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Opinion: The Next Round in Gaza Will Be Deadlier,

An Israeli-Palestinian truce ended the fighting but didn’t address the issues driving it.

'My kids think I'm a hero. They have no idea I'm also afraid.',

When the bombs fall on Gaza, Abu Ali and his family, like two million other residents of Gaza, have nowhere to run. This is what it’s like to live under Israeli airstrikes.

Has Israel already annexed the West Bank?,

While official annexation would be seen as a dramatic escalation, many Palestinians feel the area is already annexed.

Israel’s New Plan to Annex the West Bank: What Happens Next?,

Three principal sets of issues need to be considered when reviewing the legality under international law of the planned annexation of settlements/settlement blocs.

As Israeli group expands, Palestinian houses face demolition,

Critics say the demolitions on one hand, and the green light to City of David on the other, illustrate two sets of standards for Jews and Palestinians in the city.

Netanyahu wants you to think Israeli-Palestinian mourning is seditious,

The prime minister pulls out all the stops in his failed attempt at preventing the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony from taking place.

Is the Israeli-Palestinian peace process dead?,

Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, interviews Khaled Elgindy, author of the new book from the Brookings Institution Press, “Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump.”

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Rep. Tlaib recruiting Members for ‘Congressional Delegation’ to West Bank,

Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is organizing a trip to the Palestinian Territories, slated for the August recess, competing with AIPAC/AIEF’s trip to Israel for freshmen members, traditionally chaperoned by House leadership.

With Jerusalem embassy in place, Trump administration ends waiver,

The Trump administration ended the practice in effect for more than two decades of waiving a law requiring the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.