FROM Isabel Kershner
Jewish Terrorism and Israeli Security Last Thursday, six people were stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem. One victim has died. The suspect is an orthodox Jew, who had just completed a 10-year sentence for a similar crime. Friday morning, in the remote West Bank town of Duma, the home of a Palestinian family was set on fire, killing an 18-month old boy and leaving his parents in critical condition. Jewish extremists are suspected. The Netanyahu government now says Jewish suspects will get the same, tough treatment given Palestinians. But that will be easier said than done , and some Israelis are warning that right-wing extremism is almost out of control. They claim government support of settlements in the West Bank has backfired, corrupting the justice system and posing a risk to democracy.
Israeli Airstrike in Syria Brings Backlash Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus today, prompting supporters of Bashar al-Assad to rally behind their leader while Iran warmed of "grave consequences." It's not clear what the target was. Isabel Kershner reports from Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Obama’s Envoy in Jerusalem as Fighting Flares On his first trip as Barack Obama's Middle East Envoy George Mitchell has gone from Cairo to Jerusalem. But relations between Israel and the Palestinians have gone from bad to worse. An Israeli soldier was killed by a car bomb on its frontier with the Gaza Strip and Israel responded with tanks and air strikes. Isabel Kershner is in Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Israel's Olmert Won't Stand for Re-Election Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced he's effectively stepping down. He will not be a candidate to lead his Kadima Party in its September primary. Isabel Kershner, whoc is based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has an update.
Israel Silent as Hamas Announces Truce with Israel Is Imminent Hamas said early today that a treaty with Israel would be announced "barring any unforeseen developments." Three Israeli air strikes then killed at least six Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including high officials in the militant Army of Islam. Isabel Kershner, based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has the details.
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."