Press Review – May 28, 2019

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“The Most Important Detail in Kushner’s Plan for the Palestinian Economy” (analysis)

Amir Tibon, Haaretz

By agreeing to host next month’s economic forum, Bahrain gave a boost to Jared Kushner’s peace efforts. Now the main question is: Will the Gulf states actually pull out their checkbooks? Read more…

“The Rising Crisis between the United States and Iran” (analysis)

Amos Yadlin, INSS

After a year in which Iran opted for “strategic patience,” in the hope that European nations would compensate for the United States sanctions, it now seeks to present a price tag for the US measures against it, and has thus embarked on a response comprising action in three realms: nuclear, military, and oil exports from the Gulf. Read more…

“Iran and U.S. Perched on Warpath, and Israel Will Not Go Unscathed” (analysis)

Amos Harel, Haaretz

Whether Tehran is driven by fear of sanctions or concern over Trump’s reelection, it seems to be changing policy. Read more…

“An escalation that achieved nothing, and a ceasefire that won’t hold for long” (analysis)

Avi Issacharoff, The Times of Israel

The understandings that ended this flareup are precisely the understandings that held before it started. The border protests won’t stop, and neither will the incendiary balloons. Read more…

“Divided and Divisive. Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking” (report)

Edited by Muriel Asseburg and Nimrod Goren, Mitvim, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) & PAX

Joint publication of the Mitvim Institute, SWP (Germany) and PAX (The Netherlands) includes three analytical chapters on the EU-Israel relations, EU policies vis-à-vis Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more…

“EU to examine hate in Palestinian textbooks” (press report)

Itamar Eichner, Ynet News

The EU will scrutinize the new Palestinian textbooks for content that incites hate and violence, out of concern that EU aid funds are being used to promote hatred. Read more…

“Can Palestinians survive PA’s disengagement from Israel?” (analysis)

Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

The PA’s announced goal of disengaging from Israel appear to be dismissive of the geo-political environment in which it is operation and devastating consequences such a move will have for Palestinians on the West Bank and in Gaza. Read more…


“The New German Antisemitism” (analysis)

James Angelos, The New York Times

For the nation’s estimated 200,000 Jews, new forms of old hatred are stoking fear. Read more…

“Germany denounces BDS as ‘anti-Semitic,’ reminiscent of Nazi-era boycotts” (news report)

Raphael Ahren, The Times of Israel

Motion passed in parliament vows not to financially support any projects that call for a boycott of Israel; Israel urges other European countries to follow Berlin. Read more…

“No, Israel isn’t a country of privileged and powerful white Europeans” (opinion)

Hen Mazzing, Los Angeles Times

Only about 30% of Israeli Jews are Ashkenazi, or the descendants of European Jews. Read more…

“The Old Scourge of Anti-Semitism Rises Anew in Europe” (editorial)

New York Times

Jews face threats from extremists on the left and the right. A third of European Jews have considered emigrating. Read more…