Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: February 5, 2018

What We’re Reading


IDF chief said to warn Gaza war likely if humanitarian crisis persists,

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot warned ministers during a cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel could soon face another war with Gaza-based terror group Hamas, as a result of the deteriorating humanitarian and economic conditions in the coastal enclave, according to Israeli television reports.

Hamas said to warn Gazans of ‘imminent Israel incursion’,

Citing “reliable Palestinian sources,” the report in London-based al-Hayat said that Palestinian leaders, including Hamas’s Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar predicted Israel will use upcoming joint military maneuvers with US army units in southern Israel as cover for an offensive to stage the attack.

Why Gaza needs UNRWA,

“If UNRWA disappears, the majority of Gaza’s population will have nothing to hope for and nothing to lose,” writes Muhammad Shehada.

The Islamic State Threat To Hamas,

Despite lacking the numbers to overthrow the administrative authority in Gaza, IS loyalists can still fuel instability in the strip through stepped-up terror attacks not only against Israel but also against Hamas.

Secret Alliance: Israel Carries Out Airstrikes in Egypt, With Cairo’s O.K.,

For more than two years, unmarked Israeli drones, helicopters and jets have carried out a covert air campaign, conducting more than 100 airstrikes inside Egypt, frequently more than once a week — and all with the approval of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

FMEP Resources

FMEP Legislative Round-Up: February 2, 2018,

Comprehensive coverage of Middle East-related developments in Congress.

Occupation/Human rights

Israeli Cabinet Agrees to Advance Relocation of Slain Rabbi's West Bank Outpost,

The cabinet unanimously approved Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s proposal Sunday to establish a new settlement for the residents of the West Bank outpost of Havat Gilad, and to evacuate the existing settlement.

A Palestinian Research Center Comes Under Threat in a Government Crackdown,

For the past twenty-five years, the Palestinian political scientist Khalil Shikaki has been his own best evidence for the promise of civil society in a Palestinian state. Nevertheless, after two decades of tolerating Shikaki’s work—and even, at times, consulting with him—Abbas and his inner circle seem to have had enough.

Trial of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi postponed to Feb. 13,

The trial of Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi before an Israeli military court has been postponed for a week and is now scheduled to begin on Feb. 13.

How the internet 'punishes' Palestinians,

Multinational tech companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal have also been accused of complicity in rights violations for controlling how knowledge and services are provided, and who can access them.

Palestinian stabs Israeli man to death in West Bank settlement of Ariel,

An Israeli father of four was stabbed and killed in an attack inside the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

Palestinian killed as Israelis raid Jenin-area village,

A Palestinian man was killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during a confrontation sparked by the soldiers.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

Palestinians deny rejecting peace talks over US Jerusalem move,

The Palestinian Authority on Friday dismissed US claims that President Mahmoud Abbas was refusing to return to the negotiating table with Israel.

Palestinian Peace Negotiator Tells Nikki Haley To ‘Shut Up’,

A senior Palestinian official accused the Trump administration of trying to cause a “coup” of Palestinian leadership and blasted the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, telling her to “shut up” her criticism of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Israeli politics

Israeli Right-wing Lawmaker to Meet Leader of Austrian Party With Nazi Roots,

MK Yehuda Glick (Likud) is planning to meet Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of Austria’s Freedom Party who was appointed as Austria’s vice-chancellor a month and a half ago.