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Cuomo, Visiting Israel, Joins Growing US List, The New York Times
“Two weeks ago, J Street, which was established as a more liberal alternative to Aipac, sent an ‘emergency mission’ of 15 members of its executive board, including student leaders, to show support to Israel ‘and all victims who are suffering from this horrible crisis.’”
Fox News First, Fox News
“[The New Hampshire Republican Party is calling on] Senator Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH] and Ann Kuster [D-NH] to return thousands of dollars in contributions received from a liberal, self-described pro-Israeli advocacy group and political action committee that has been labeled ‘radical’ by conservatives and ‘well-respected’ by a top state Democrat.”
Top News and Analysis
The Israeli army struck targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire, after the parties agreed to extend the temporary ceasefire for another five days. Israeli and Hamas officials disputed who had broken the calm. To coordinate the Palestinian stance around a final ceasefire draft, Fatah representatives will return to Ramallah to consult with President Abbas, while Islamic Jihad representatives will meet with their leader in Beirut and Hamas representatives will meet with Khaled Meshal in Doha. The Israeli security cabinet will meet to discuss ceasefire negotiations later this afternoon.
Israeli official confirms US nixed arms sale; PM blamed for icy ties, Times of Israel
A senior Israeli official confirmed that the US had suspended a shipment of Hellfire missiles to Israel amid worsening ties over fighting in Gaza. The White House and State Department were said to have been angered by a transfer of arms to Israel and had ordered greater oversight into future sales. The accounts sparked an internal debate between Israeli politicians.
Israel Prize laureate and renowned scholar Zeev Sternhell said he fears the collapse of Israeli democracy, and compares the current atmosphere with that of 1940s’ France. He warned that the time we have left to reverse this frightening trend is running out.
“Ultimately, Palestinians and Israelis both want their children to live in peace and enjoy the kind of normal life that can only be achieved by peace,” writes Mohammad Dajani Daoudi. “This is the direction leaders should take—to lead us from conflict to peace, from despair to hope, and from intolerance to reconciliation.”
Israeli source says Hamas's Mashaal torpedoing long-term truce, Jerusalem Post
Israeli diplomatic sources said that Mashaal has been the central force preventing a long-term truce between Israel and the Palestinians.
Palestinians blast ‘terrible’ Israeli ceasefire proposal, Times of Israel
Palestinian negotiators in Cairo called the Israeli proposal for a permanent agreement “terrible,” claiming that that Israel conditioned the expansion of activity in its border crossings with the Gaza Strip on a detailed agreement with the Palestinian Authority, not Hamas, and has refused to provide a timetable for their opening. The Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is reportedly not mentioned in the Israeli paper, nor is payment of Hamas employee salaries.
Ministers fume over lack of updates from PM, Times of Israel
Israeli ministers expressed outrage night for not being updated on the extension of the Gaza truce by five days until some time after the new truce came into effect.
Former President Peres expressed concern that the Hamas rocket fire from Gaza has made it difficult to justify a similar withdrawal from the West Bank.
Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that no Israeli government will consider any concessions or a peace settlement unless the Gaza Strip is demilitarized.
The IDF is investigating dozens of exceptional cases, mostly incidents in which Palestinian civilians were killed, that occurred during the hostilities in Gaza. Besides drawing conclusions and clarifying whether some decision-making was negligent, the quick investigative process, which was launched early in the current round of fighting, was meant to help head off demands for an international inquiry into claims that Israel committed war crimes.
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed by the NGO B’Tselem against the Israel Broadcast Authority’s decision not to approve a broadcast of the names of Palestinian children killed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. The justices decided that the broadcast in question is of a political nature, and goes beyond providing information free of context.
Jewish groups accuse UN chief of being one-sided, Associated Press
Leaders of Jewish organizations accused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of being one-sided in his handling of the crisis in Gaza.
US jury set to hear terror finance case against bank, Associated Press
American victims of suicide bombings in the Middle East have gone to federal court to demand that a Jordan-based bank be held liable for the bloodshed.
Opinion and Analysis
Max Fisher debunks misconceptions about the nature of the conflict.
Hamas may not return to the talks at all, Times of Israel
Avi Issacharoff reports, “The likelihood of a re-escalation is certainly as realistic as the likelihood of an agreement, if not more so. Hamas is under siege in Cairo, not just in Gaza, by three hostile players — Israel, the PA and Egypt. It may well decide not to return to the Cairo talks at all.”
Shlomi Eldar contends that only the Palestinians, not Israel, can truly defeat Hamas.
Prime Minister ‘stand-in-place’ Netanyahu, Jerusalem Post
Gershon Baskin laments that “while Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all have common cause in combating Islamic fundamentalist movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, Israel refuses to take any initiative that could merge these interests into a plan that could lead to a regional security and stability pact and perhaps even peace. The reason is because the price that Israel must pay for that to happen is to end its occupation of Palestine and arrive at a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians that will grant them freedom and independence. This is beyond Netanyahu’s abilities.”
Time for Obama to justify his Nobel Peace Prize, Al-Monitor
Akiva Eldar argues that in the last two years of his term, “[President] Obama will have one last opportunity to justify the Nobel Peace Prize that he was awarded. That will be just the right time to apply bipartisan pressure on him within the United States to advance a two-state solution.”
Bernard Avishai castigates the Israeli media for previously attacking Secretary of State Kerry for proposing the same resolution of the Gaza crisis that Israeli leaders are now pursuing.
According to Zachary Beauchamp, America’s waning influence in the MIddle East means that it can no longer resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only manage it.