From ‘peace process’ to ‘annexation’ — the changing role of the conflict in Israel’s political discourse.

Jerusalem (CNN)One of the more striking campaign ads preceding Israel’s upcoming elections featured footage from 2011 of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House telling Barack Obama that the President’s wish to see a restarted peace process between Israelis and Palestinians was pie-in-the-sky. This time, issues like security — for which, read the threat of Iran in Syria — the Israeli economy, and, most of all, the criminal investigations against Netanyahu have dominated the headlines. For a few days, the conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas was top of the agenda, after a rocket fired from Gaza hit a house north of Tel Aviv injuring seven, including three children. Israel responded with airstrikes, also injuring Palestinians, and a serious escalation …

US general expresses support for Saudi coalition after CNN report on weapons in Yemen

(CNN)The top United States military commander in the Middle East suggested Tuesday that America would continue to back its allies waging war in Yemen, despite new evidence of arms deal violations uncovered by a CNN investigation. The weapons have also made their way into the hands of Iranian-backed rebels, exposing some of America’s sensitive military technology to Tehran and potentially endangering the lives of US troops in other war zones. By handing off this military equipment to third parties, the Saudi-led coalition is breaking the terms of its arms sales with the US, according to the Department of Defense. CNN’s investigation was cited by several US senators on Tuesday, one of whom described it as a “bombshell” report that should …