Top news stories from Israel/Palestine: May 7, 2018

What We’re Reading


Hamas in Message to Israel: Willing to Negotiate Long-term Truce,

Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip have recently conveyed messages to Israel indicating their willingness to negotiate a long term cease-fire in the enclave.

IDF bombs Hamas position in Gaza over incendiary kites,

The Israel Defense Forces bombed a Hamas position in Gaza after it was used to launch kites carrying explosives.

US-Israeli/Palestinian relations

US Embassy Opening - Where Things Stand & Implications,

Notwithstanding rumors that security considerations could lead to a delay, the opening of the first-ever U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is expected to take place, as originally announced, on May 14.

U.S. Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem,

U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.

Israel will have to pay ‘a price’ for U.S. Embassy move, its defense minister says,

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said his country will have to pay “a price” for the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

FMEP Resources

FMEP Legislative Round-Up: May 4, 2018,

A weekly round-up of Middle East-related activity on Capitol Hill, produced in cooperation with Americans for Peace Now.

Occupation/Human rights

Israel deports Palestinians from Jerusalem for not showing 'loyalty',

Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri ordered April 29 the permanent deportation of four Palestinian public figures from Jerusalem. The decision culminates a 12-year legal and political Israeli battle against three members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and a former minister in the Palestinian government.

Brave Police Catch a Dangerous Criminal, Aged 10, Near Sussia,

A Palestinian child knocked down signs to which papers were attached. The soldiers didn’t stop, even when they were forced to tear him out of the arms of his mother.

Israeli politics

A.B. Yehoshua, Don't Give Up on the Two-state Solution in Our Name,

“Yehoshua’s plan for escaping the despair – establishing a binational federation – is the mirror image of the right thing to do,” writes Stav Shaffir.