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Mideast Peace Effort Pauses to Let Failure Sink In, New York Times
A US official said that President Obama is open to another American-led initiative before he leaves office, but it’s up to Israel and the Palestinians to approach the US with their own ideas.
Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinians in Nakba clash, Washington Post
Two Palestinian teens were killed and three people wounded when troops fired on stone throwers near a military checkpoint.
Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel predicts significant settlement growth after the collapse of negotiations.
Peres: No nation can fill role of US as world’s peacemaker, Jerusalem Post
In a meeting with Chuck Hagel, Shimon Peres said that US-Israeli ties have reached ‘unprecedented heights.’
PA fears rioting after funerals of slain teens, Times of Israel
Palestinian security forces are concerned that rioting in response to the death of two Palestinians during Nakba Day demonstrations could cause clashes with the IDF after prayers.
Israel barred Palestinian banks from making shekel deposits in Israel and has begun reducing electricity to East Jerusalem and the West Bank, citing PA debts.
Givat Assaf settlers begin voluntary evacuation, Times of Israel
Residents of an illegal settlement set to be demolished reached an agreement to voluntarily evacuate by .
Rabbi, Muslim join pope’s delegation in Holy Land, Times of Israel
The Pope’s May trip to Israel and the West Bank will mark the first official papal delegation to include members of other faiths.
Kerry meets with Livni in London, Times of Israel
US officials confirmed the surprise meeting between Secretary Kerry and Justice Minister Livni.
One anonymous official said that the PA is considering halting security coordination with Israel in response to the killing of two Palestinians during Nakba Day clashes near Ramallah.
PM to Hagel: Iran is fooling international community on nukes, TImes of Israel
Netanyahu cited a UN report on Iran’s continued development of ballistic missiles. Hagel responded that the US will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon.
Rajoub begins his run, Haaretz
Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee and Palestinian Football Association, may be setting his sights on a different post: the presidency of the PA.
Opinion and Analysis
Netanyahu rides nationalist wave, Al-Monitor
Mordechai Kreminitzer, VP of research at the Israel Democracy Institute, sees extreme nationalist trends intensifying within Israeli society.
Why the Mideast peace process is in tatters, Washington Post
David Ignatius says Israelis and Palestinians are further apart and mistrust deeper than when talks began.