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J Street Praises Ambassador Indyk's Work for Peace, J Street Blog
J Street paid tribute to Ambassador Martin Indyk following his resignation from the State Department.
Top News and Analysis
He will continue to play an advisory role and return to his post should peace talks resume.
Rocket fired from Gaza slams into Sderot factory, Times of Israel
One person was injured when a rocket struck a paint factory in Sderot.
The plan, calling for the investment of 295 million shekels over next 5 years, is seen by some as a means to prevent the future division of Jerusalem.
Saeb Erekat calls for international action to put pressure on settlements and empower those in Israel that support a two-state solution.
Netanyahu Says Security Control Is Vital in Any Accord, New York Times
Netanyahu said that, under any peace deal with the Palestinians, he’d insist on maintaining security control over the West Bank for “a very long time.”
Speaking at a Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting, Netanyahu said: “If the quiet achieved following Operation Pillar of Defense is disrupted, there are two options: Either Hamas stops it, as it is responsible for the territory, or we will stop it. We cannot allow the continuation of rocket fire.”
After rocket barrage, Lieberman calls to consider retaking Gaza, Times of Israel
Other officials are arguing for a large scale operation against militants in Gaza.
Hamas fired rockets for first time since 2012, Israeli officials say, Times of Israel
Though not confirmed, Israeli defense officials believe Hamas is behind a volley of rockets fired Monday morning. In all, over 70 rockets have been fired from Gaza since the beginning of June.
Presbyterians Remove Guide After Criticism, New York Times
PCUSA has stopped selling the controversial study guide on Zionism which J Street had called ‘reductive and offensive.’
The injuries occurred during West Bank raids and shelling on Gaza.
Accused kidnappers are rogue Hamas branch, Al-Monitor
Al-Monitor reports that the accused kidnappers of three Israeli teenagers are part of a Hebron clan that is identified with Hamas but often ignores its leadership and acts contrary to its policies.
Matchboxes and candies with slogans like “Hamas is making life bitter in the West Bank” are being distributed during Israeli raids.
Herzog calls on Lapid, Livni to form new gov’t, Times of Israel
Labor head Isaac Herzog believes elections will be held within a year.
Netanyahu gave interviews in each of the six countries represented in the P5+1 and sent a delegation to Washington to warn the world powers against signing a deal that he views as offering up too many compromises to Iran.
Fuel shortages in Gaza have prevented the regular functioning of waste treatment facilities in the strip.
The Hamas official who led reconciliation talks with Fatah said Abbas is neglecting the implementation of national unity.
Opinion and Analysis
The US Consul General to Jerusalem defended Secretary Kerry’s peace effort, writing that, “We now have a new level of understanding of the parties’ negotiating positions, security considerations, and other important factors that will leave us better off in future negotiations.”
Name calling and calls for resignations have punctuated the Israeli political scene over the past several days.
Elizabeth Weingarten talks to a number of experts about the importance of including women at the negotiating table and creating pluralistic dialogue.