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Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech
Ruth Eglash & William Booth, The Washington Post

Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech

Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off Sunday for Washington, a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned that his upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program will cause more harm than good.

Netanyahu In Washington For Controversial Speech To Congress
Bill Chappell, NPR

Netanyahu In Washington For Controversial Speech To Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington, D.C., where he'll deliver a speech to Congress Tuesday — an event that's causing debate both in the U.S. and Israel. The leader's plans were made without consulting the White House; he will not meet with President Obama during the visit.

Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April
AFP/Yahoo News

Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April

The Palestinians are to lodge their first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, a senior official told AFP on Monday. "One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the (2014) Gaza war and settlement activity," said Mohammed Shtayyeh.

42 Democrats to skip Netanyahu speech to Congress
The Hill

42 Democrats to skip Netanyahu speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to deliver one of the most controversial speeches to a joint session of Congress by a foreign leader ever, and Vice President Biden and a number of top Democrats won’t be attending. Netanyahu is expected to criticize the White House’s negotiations on Iran's nuclear program in his March 3 speech.

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris
The New York Times/Associated Press

Mysterious graffiti artist Banksy illustrates Gaza debris

The work of mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy has made an appearance in the Gaza Strip. In a short film posted on his website, the popular street artist appears to have sneaked into Gaza through an underground tunnel from Egypt. The video combines footage from the Israeli-Hamas war last summer, with political commentary about the coastal strip's misery.

For suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “rift” is a side show
The Huffington Post

For suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “rift” is a side show

Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week has led to much talk of a rift between the Israeli prime minister and the US president, and even between their two countries. Tuesday, national security adviser Susan E. Rice said the growing partisanship regarding Israel is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship."

Talk Toughens as U.S.-Israel Relations Fray
Peter Baker & Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times

Talk Toughens as U.S.-Israel Relations Fray

When President Obama’s national security adviser sat down with her Israeli counterpart at the White House last week, she upbraided him over leaks in Jerusalem that the Americans interpreted as an attempt to undermine nuclear negotiations with Iran.

The human cost of the Israel-Gaza conflict – in pictures
Heidi Levine, The Guardian

The human cost of the Israel-Gaza conflict – in pictures

Photographer Heidi Levine documents Palestinians living with life-changing injuries in Gaza. Palestinian woman Safa Fayez, 29, pulls herself up the staircase of her home in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. She was seriously wounded by shrapnel when Israel Defence Forces shells hit a UN school crowded by hundreds of Palestinians seeking shelter.

Israeli extremists set fire to Christian seminary in Jerusalem
Ma'an News Agency

Israeli extremists set fire to Christian seminary in Jerusalem

Suspected Israeli extremists set fire to a Greek Orthodox seminary in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday and sprayed hate slogans on the walls, police said. Israeli spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that the fire was started at 4:00 a.m and caused damage to a bathroom and shower room before firefighters controlled the blaze.