October 17th


13-year old Palestinian boy is killed by Israeli soldiers during a clash in the occupiedWest Bank. (AP/New York Times/Ma’an/PNN/JTA/Ha’aretz)
Pres. Abbas vows to keep peace in Gaza until the end of 2015. (Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
Sec. Kerry calls for a resumption of the Israel-Palestinian peace process. (AFP/Ha’aretz)
Israeli ministers criticize Kerry for tying the rise of ISIS to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)
The PLO will reportedly submit a draft resolution to the UNSC demanding the end of Israel's occupation by the end of October. (Ma’an/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)
Spain will soon hold a vote on the recognition of the State of Palestine. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)
An American official says the Middle East Quartet will meet in Brussels next week. (Reuters)
Hamas organizes a march in Gaza to call attention to what it sees as threats to the Al-Asqa Mosque in Jerusalem. (Ma’an/Reuters)
A study indicates over 80% of Palestinian reporters self-censor. (Times of Israel)
Kurdish fighters are sharing information with the US-led coalition to coordinate strikes against ISIS extremists in the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AP)
The city of Kobani is the key to US strategy against ISIS. (AP/New York Times)
For the first time the State Department holds direct talks with the embattled Syrian Kurds. (Reuters)
The US is reportedly searching for credible allies on the ground in Syria. (AP)
Iraqi pilots who have reportedly joined ISIS in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets. (Reuters)
Britain may use a medieval law dating to 1351 to charge citizens with treason if they go to fight with ISIS. (Reuters)
Turkey fails in its effort to join the UN Security Council. (AP)
Abdallah Schleifer says the Gaza reconstruction conference in Cairo reasserted Pres. Sisi’s regional role. (Al Arabiya)
Ben Caspit looks at Kerry’s three Israel-Palestine diplomatic options. (Al-Monitor) 
Shlomi Eldar asks if Israel has accepted the new Palestinian unity government. (Al-Monitor)
Asmaa al-Ghoul looks at what it’s like to be a fighter for Hamas. (Al-Monitor)
H.A. Hellyer says Alan Duncan’s speech on Israel is significant for the UK. (The National)
The New York Times asks experts if nations should recognize the State of Palestine. (New York Times)
The Jordan Times says sooner or later the US-led coalition against ISIS will have to deploy ground troops. (Jordan Times)
Alan Philps says if the US wants to defeat ISIS, it must start talking to Iran. (The National)
The National says Gen. Haftar exemplifies Libya’s failed hopes. (The National)
Sinem Cengiz says Turkey is challenged on multiple fronts. (Al Arabiya)
Amir Taheri says Iran is playing a dangerous game in Yemen. (Asharq al-Awsat)

October 16th

PM Hamdallah tells an IMF delegation that the reconstruction of Gaza cannot take place if Israel's blockade continues. (Ma’an/Jerusalem Post)
Hamas leader Abu Marzouk says indirect ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel will resume at the end of October. (Ynet)
The New York Times looks at Jewish settlement activity in occupied East Jerusalem is raising tensions. (New York Times)
Israeli authorities prevent exporting Gaza products to the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)
PA security forces kill a Palestinian man in Hebron during a raid in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)
Gen. Allen says the US is bombing ISIS targets in Kobani for humanitarian purposes. (Reuters/Washington Post)
A Syrian Kurdish official calls on the international community to allow weapons into the border town of Kobani. (AP)
Syrian Kurds are giving the US target coordinates to try to halt an ISIS assault in Kobani. (Reuters/New York Times)
The Pentagon says US-led airstrikes have killed several hundred ISIS fighters around the Syrian town of Kobani. (Reuters)
PM al-Abadi is facing a war against ISIS and is also battling critics in his own party. (New York Times)
ISIS is nearing a strategic town about 25 miles west of Baghdad. (New York Times/Washington Post)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid al-Hussein compares the ebola outbreak and ISIS by labelling them “twin plagues.” (AP/Times of Israel)
suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least eight people. (AP)
Egyptian warplanes reportedly hit Libyan militias. (AP/The National)
FM Zarif says international nuclear talks in Vienna with representatives of the P5+1 were difficult but progress has been made. (Times of Israel)
Matthew Levitt, Oula Abdulhamid Alrifai and Kelsey Segawa say Hamas is going through a “rough patch.” (The Hill)
Danny Danon says Palestinian “lawfare” will backfire. (JTA)
David Pollock says Egyptians, Saudis and Lebanese overwhelmingly reject both ISIS and the US. (Times of Israel)
Mohamad Bazzi says the tribal system is Iraq’s key asset in the fight against ISIS. (The National)
The National says hunger is the latest effect of Pres. Assad’s war. (The National)
The New York Times says the Pentagon allowed highly dangerous chemical weapons to be left behind in Iraq. (New York Times)
Joyce Karam says the buildup of militias will be a threat even after ISIS is defeated. (Al Arabiya)
Eyad Abu Shakra says the US has no genuine comprehensive strategy for the Middle East.   (Asharq al-Awsat)

October 15th

Sec. Kerry urges PM Netanyahu to resume negotiations with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 lines with territorial swaps. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)
UNSG Ban calls for an independent probe into Israel’s shelling of a school during the recent Gaza war. (AFP/Times of Israel)
Hamas calls upon international officials who visit Gaza to take “serious actions” to end the suffering of Gazans. (Ma’an)
France says any recognition of Palestine as a state must be “helpful to peace,” and not just symbolic. (AFP/Ha’aretz/Reuters) 
An Israeli official says the EU is formulating a policy to undermine Israel’s settlement enterprise. (Ynet)
FM Shukri says Israel was excluded from the Gaza donor conference in Cairo because the participating countries did not want it there. (Times of Israel)
The PLO Amb. to the Netherlands Abuznaid says he hopes to avoid taking Israel to the ICC. (Ha’aretz)
The EU and the PA sign a new multi-annual programming document. (PNN)
Palestinians clash with Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. (Ma’an/JTA/Ynet)
Jewish extremist settlers damage Palestinian wells in the Jordan Valley. (Ma’an)
survey indicates a growing number of Americans favor ground troops to fight ISIS. (AFP)
US-led forces intensify airstrikes against ISIS extremists on the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters)
Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebels, complicating the US-led fight against ISIS. (Washington Post)
Syrian Kurds are forcing hundreds of young men to join their army. (AP)
The US and Russia vow to share intelligence on ISIS extremists. (AP)
A Syrian lawmaker is assassinated in the central province of Hama. (AP)
An ISIS suicide bomber hits Baghdad, killing 24 people. (New York Times)
The New York Times looks at the casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons. (New York Times)
The US says a deal on Iran's nuclear program is still possible by late next month. (Reuters)
Saudi judge sentences to death a prominent cleric who has called for greater rights for the kingdom's Shi'ites. (Reuters)
Gen. Haftar launches a new campaign to retake Benghazi. (The National)

Hussein Ibish describes the three-way Israeli-Palestinian impasse. (Now)

The New York Times says Britain’s Palestine vote is an important message for Israel. (New York Times)
The National says Britain’s recognition of the State of Palestine shows global opinion is far more powerful than rockets. (The National)
The Jordan Times welcomes Sweden’s and Britain’s intentions of recognizing the State of the Palestine. (Jordan Times) 
Chris Doyle says the British parliament voted for an Israeli policy change when recognizing the State of Palestine. (Al Arabiya)
Lars Faaborg-Andersen says “quiet for quiet” will not stop the next Gaza war. (Ha’aretz)
Avi Issacharoff says Hamas is determined to retain Gaza. (Times of Israel)
Rami Khouri says Palestinian refugees must be integrated into the political decision-making system. (Daily Star)
Ron Kampeas profiles former AP Gaza reporter Ibrahim Barzak. (JTA)
Ha’aretz interviews DM Ya’alon. (Ha’aretz)
Sholto Byrnes says the region must the lead the way in the fight against ISIS. (The National)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Sunni governments in the Arab world might face a post-ISIS crisis. (Al Arabiya)
David Ignatius says Pres. Obama is facing growing pressure to escalate in Iraq and Syria. (Washington Post)
Miriam Awadallah says the wholesale sexual slavery of Yazidi girls by ISIS is abhorrent. (Annahar)
Diana Moukalled says Hezbollah’s “battle-scarred image” is being shaken in Syria. (Al Arabiya)
Thomas Friedman asks if there is an oil war between the US and Saudi Arabia against Russia and Iran. (New York Times)

October 14th


UNSG Ban says the destruction in Gaza is “beyond description.”(Reuters/AFP/PNN/Ha’aretz)

PM Netanyahu urges Ban to prevent the Palestinians from taking unilateral diplomatic measures at the UN. (AFP)

British lawmakers vote in favor of recognizing the State of Palestine. (AP/JTA/Times of Israel/The National) 

The PA welcomes the British Parliament's vote in favor of a Palestinian state. (Jerusalem Post)

UK Amb. to Israel Gould says British public opinion is shifting against Israel. (AP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Israel says vote by the British parliament in favor of recognizing a Palestinian staterisks undermining the prospects for peace. (AFP/JTA/Times of Israel)

Palestinian official says construction material will enter Gaza today. (Ma’an/PNN/Times of Israel)

Jewish extremist settlers torch a mosque near Nablus. (Ma’an/JTA/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Pres. Rivlin condemns “price tag” attack on mosque. (Ynet)

Russia says it will back a UNSC resolution that would set a timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Times of Israel)

A poll indicates two thirds of Israelis want women involved in peace talks. (Ha’aretz)

Pres. Obama will meet with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against ISIS. (AP)

The US-led coalition launches several airstrikes on positions of ISIS extremists in northern and eastern Syria. (AP)

Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey. (AP/Reuters/Washington Post)

Many injured Syrian Kurds are dying stranded on the Turkish border. (Reuters)

The KRG says it has provided military assistance to the Syrian Kurdish forces battling ISIS. (Reuters)

Two high ranking Syrian security chiefs are fired after protests by Pres. Assad loyalists. (Reuters)

ISIS seizes its third Iraqi army base in Anbar. (Washington Post)

Reuters looks at how Mosul fell to ISIS from the perspective of an Iraqi general. (Reuters)

Amnesty International says Iraqi Shiites are retaliating against Sunni civilians. (AP)


The National says Palestinians in Gaza need peace. (The National)

The Jordan Times says Palestinians should be granted the right to live in peace and security in their own state. (Jordan Times)

Anshel Pfeffer says the British vote to recognize the state of Palestine is a “symbolic gesture.“ (Ha’aretz)

Raphael Ahren says the British vote makes it increasingly difficult for Israel to argue against such unilateral moves. (Times of Israel)

David Horovitz says Israel’s international standing is undermined by the issue of settlements. (Times of Israel)

Ha’aretz says Pres. Sisi’s speech burst Netanyahu’s and FM Lieberman’s bubble. (Ha’aretz)

Joseph Dana says the fight in Kobani is forcing Turkey to step up its fight against ISIS. (The National)

The Daily Star says the anti-ISIS coalition is “too little too late.” (Daily Star)

Raed Omari looks at the question of implementing a no-fly zone in Syria. (Al Arabiya)

Eugene Robinson says the US-led anti-ISIS coalition is failing. (Washington Post)

Jamal Khashoggi says VP Biden’s apologies are irrelevant. (Al Arabiya)

October 13th

International donors pledge $5.4 billion for Gaza reconstruction. (AP/New York Times/AFP/JTA/Ha’aretz)
PM Hamdallah urges donor nations to honor their pledges to help rebuild Gaza. (AP/Reuters)
The US pledged $212 million in immediate assistance to the people of Gaza. (AP/Washington Post/PNN)
Pres. Abbas and Sec. Kerry discuss Gaza reconstruction and peace process in their meeting in Cairo. (Ma’an)
FM Fabius says France will host a joint meeting with the Palestinian unity government in Paris at the beginning of 2015. (Times of Israel)
UNSG Ban will visit Gaza on Tuesday. (AFP)
Abbas will reportedly visit Gaza in the coming weeks. (The Media Line)
British lawmakers will hold a non-binding vote on recognizing Palestine. (AFP/Reuters/The National)
PM Cameron will abstain from the Palestine recognition vote. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)
Israeli police push Palestinian protesters into the Al-Aqsa mosque and lock them inside to clear Jewish visitors at Temple Mount. (JTA/Ha’aretz)
Ban condemns “provocations” at Jerusalem’s holy sites. (New York Times/Ma’an/PNN/Times of Israel) 
Reuters looks at the possible war crime Israel committed this summer. (Reuters)
NSA Rice plays basketball with young Israelis and Palestinians in the White House. (Ha’aretz)
The US says Turkey has agreed to let the anti-ISIS coalition use its military bases. (AP/New York Times/The National)
Gen. Dempsey says the US used attack helicopters near Baghdad. (AP/Reuters/New York Times)
An ISIS suicide bomber detonates a truck laden with explosives near the Syria-Turkey border. (Reuters/AP)
FM Al-Faisal says Iran must withdraw its “occupying forces” from Syria. (AFP)
ISIS extremists admit to enslaving Yazidi women. (Washington Post/The National)
Egyptian police storm two universities to quell anti-government protests by students. (AP)
Barak Ravid says Pres. Sisi’s message to PM Netanyahu is, the road to Riyadh goes through Ramallah. (Ha’aretz)
J.J. Goldberg asks if Israel is abandoning its commitment to a two-state solution. (Jewish Daily Forward)
The Daily Star says the US faces “hard choices” on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (Daily Star) 
Elhanan Miller says Israelis living near Gaza want an agreement with the Palestinians. (Times of Israel)
Avraham Burg says the Palestinian statehood bid is a necessary step in the only direction that is not violent. (Ha’aretz)
Ha’aretz says the right has turned Israel into a “hopeless place.” (Ha’aretz)
Hussein Ibish says the US will be forced to declare one of its goals in Syria is regime change. (The National)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed explains why Turkey is silent over Syria. (Al Arabiya)
Tariq Alhomayed says the US is losing the race against time to ISIS. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Lorenzo Kamel looks at the history behind the modern states of Iraq and Syria. (The National)
Amer Al Sabaileh says the plan to fight terrorism only militarily will lead to a long period of chaos and instability in the region. (Jordan Times)
Rami Khouri says Americans are asking the right questions about the war against ISIS. (Daily Star)
Jake Flanagin says Kurdish women are making strides toward equality in their fight against ISIS. (New York Times)

October 10th

Extremist jewish settlers burn and damage olive trees on Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an)
Israeli police restrict the entry of Muslim men to the Al-Aqsa mosque. (JTA/Times of Israel)
UNRWA will make its largest ever financial plea to donors for Gaza aid. (Ma’an/AFP)
Palestinian Christian leaders urge the EU to recognize the State of Palestine. (PNN/Ha’aretz)
Hamas wants to exchange bodies of two Israeli soldiers for Palestinian security detainees. (Ynet/Times of Israel)
Israeli Brig. Gen. Padan says this summer’s Gaza war was a heavy blow to Hamas. (Ha’aretz)
The US-led coalition is intensifying its aerial bombardment of ISIS positions in the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AP/The National)
The UN is concerned about the fate of 500 civilians trapped in Kobani. (AP) 
Turkey finds itself in a quandary regarding fighting in Syria. (Reuters/AP/The National)
Turkey wants the creation of a buffer zone on the border with Syria. (New York Times)
Sec. Hagel says the US wants to use a Turkish air base and have it help train and equip  moderate Syrian opposition forces. (AP)
AP looks at how two french girls were lured to “jihad.” (AP)
Tunisia’s Ennahda party is ready to form another coalition government with its secular rivals. (Reuters)
Jordan and the EU establish a framework for future cooperation in the field of migration and mobility. (Jordan Times)
Ben Caspit says Pres. Abbas is on the verge of a Security Council majority. (Al-Monitor)
Jack Khoury says its time for Fatah and Hamas to rebuild their relationship. (Ha’aretz)
Oded Eran and Gidon Bromberg say the acute shortage of drinking water in Gaza poses dire health hazards. (Times of Israel)
Alan Philps says everyone but Israel is expected to pay for the reconstruction of Gaza. (The National)
The Daily Star says the Obama administration has no coherent strategy on Syria and Iraq. (Daily Star)
The National says airstrikes alone cannot stop ISIS. (The National)
David Ignatius says limited war is rarely successful. (Washington Post)
Sinem Cengiz says Turkey’s inaction in the fight against ISIS is due to complicated geopolitics of the region. (Al Arabiya)
Abdallah Schleifer says Pres. Sisi avoided committing armed forces to fighting ISIS because of instability in Libya. (Al Arabiya)
Amal Mudallali says the Iranian sphere of influence is expanding into Yemen. (Foreign Policy)

October 9th

PM Hamdallah convenes the first new PA government meeting in Gaza. (Reuters/AP/Ma’an/PNN/Ha’aretz)

Pres. Abbas says Israel is transforming the conflict into a religious war. (Ma’an)
Egypt says 30 foreign ministers and more than 50 delegations will participate in a Cairo conference on rebuilding Gaza. (Ma’an)
Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs al-Sheikh says reconstruction materials will enter Gaza next week. (Ma’an)
The US says Israel must play a role in rebuilding Gaza. (PNN/Ha’aretz/AFP)
Israeli occupation forces seize three acres of farm land near Bethlehem. (PNN)
Israel is increasingly targeting Palestinian children and teenagers in crackdowns on protests. (The National)
The City Council of Lille is freezing its sister city agreement with Safed to press Israel to end the conflict with the Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)
The US-led coalition targets positions of ISIS near the Syrian border town of Kobani. (AP/Washington Post)
ISIS extremists seize more than a third of Kobani, despite airstrikes. (Reuters/New York Times)
The US and its allies are frustrasted by Turkish inaction on Syria. (AP/New York Times)
Turkish FM Cavusoglu says a ground operation in Kobani is unrealistic. (Reuters)
Pres. Obama says the US will keep making progress against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (AP)
King Abdullah of Jordan meets with Gen. Allen in Amman. (Jordan Times)
The US is stepping up its fight to block ISIS volunteers from travelling to Syria and Iraq. (New York Times)
UNHCR says more funds are needed for the million of Syrian refugees in Turkey. (Reuters)
The UN says Jordan is refusing to let Syrian refugees cross the border. (New York Times)
Families are torn apart as more Western girls and women join jihadists in Syria and Iraq. (Reuters)
Iran reportedly denies entry to an American member of the IAEA. (Reuters/AP)
A suicide bombing in Yemen kills at least 50 people. (AP)
Hussein Ibish says Hisham Melhem is right about the collapse of Arab societies, but there is a need and basis for hope. (Now)
Faisal Al Yafai says frustration and alienation alone cannot explain the allure of jihad. (The National)
Asher Schechter imagines what a one-state Israel would look like. (Ha’aretz)
The Daily Star says Turkey is manipulating the battle of Kobani as part of a geopolitical struggle. (Daily Star)
The New York Times says Turkey’s refusal to fight ISIS is hurting the Kurds. (New York Times)
Sinan Ulgen says by refusing to aid the Syrian Kurds, Turkey's leaders are alienating allies and derailing the peace process at home. (New York Times)
Michael Young says the US must accept that for three years they neglected Syria and allowed the situation to deteriorate to the point where they have to intervene today.  (Daily Star)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says the US must choose between Iran and the rest of the Arab world in the fight against ISIS. (Al Arabiya)
UAE FM bin Zayed says defeating extremism will be a long and complex ideological struggle. (The National)
Manal Omar says the US-led coalition should defeat  both ISIS and Pres. Assad. (Foreign Policy)
Firas Maksad says the Druze community in Syria is influential because it is equidistant from the dictatorship and extremist opposition groups. (Foreign Affairs)
Joyce Karam says VP Biden should apologize to the people of Kobani. (Al Arabiya)

Michael Young says Lebanon can serve as a model for the Arab world. (The National)

October 8th

Palestinian protesters and Israeli police clash at the Al Aqsa mosque. (AP/Ma’an/PNN/Ha’aretz)
PM Netanyahu orders a clampdown on Palestinian protests in Jerusalem. (The National)
The EU will reportedly reassess its ties with Israel if there is no movement on peace with the Palestinians. (Times of Israel)
FM Lieberman says Sweden’s possible recognition of Palestine does not advance peace. (Times of Israel)
Egypt reopens the Rafah crossing. (Ma’an)
Gaza’s farming and livestock is destroyed by the recent war with Israel. (Ha’aretz)
The State Department is bringing 30 Palestinian and Israeli youth basketballcoaches to the US to foster understanding. (JTA)
Israel fires artillery into Lebanon in response to an Hezbollah attack. (AP)
Hezbollah says the border attack which wounded two Israeli soldiers was a message that the group remains ready to confront Israel. (Reuters/New York Times/Ha’aretz) 
ISIS extremists shoot down an Iraqi military attack helicopter, killing two pilots. (AP/New York Times)
Iraqi Sunni tribesmen are joining Shi’ites in the war against ISIS. (The National)
Turkish inaction on ISIS is reportedly frustrating the US. (New York Times)
US-led airstrikes are pushing ISIS extremists back to the edges of the Kurdish town of Kobani. (Reuters/Washington Post)
Several Syrian rights groups call on the international community to save Kobani. (AP)
Canada’s parliament authorizes airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. (AP/Reuters)
Investigators in Syria are searching for paper trails that could help build cases for war crime prosecutions. (New York Times)
Sec. Kerry is facing mounting domestic American political pressure regarding the P5+1 nuclear talks with Iran. (AP)
Rami Khouri says the Swedish move to recognize Palestine is both symbolic and substantive. (Daily Star)
David Stavrou says Sweden is not against Israel. (Ha’aretz)
J.J. Goldberg says Hamas knows it lost this summers war. (Jewish Daily Forward)
The Media Line interviews Palestine’s Mission Chief to the US, Maen Areikat. (The Media Line)
Ephraim Sneh says the current Israeli government does not want peace if the price is the evacuation of even a few settlements. (Al-Monitor)
Osama Al Sharif looks at Pres. Abbas’ diplomatic options. (Jordan Times)
Yossi Mekelberg looks at the rift between Pres. Obama and Netanyahu. (Al Arabiya)
Ron Kampeas says the US has no clear path back to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (JTA)
Shmuel Rosner says even though Israel has many enemies it must be open to legitimate criticism. (New York Times)
Anshel Pfeffer says Hezbollah’s border attack against Israeli soldiers was a forlorn attempt to redeem itself with the Lebanese public. (Ha’aretz)
Fredrick Logevall and Gordon Goldstein ask if the war in Syria will be Obama’s Vietnam. (New York Times)
The Washington Post says US-led airstrikes against ISIS are failing. (Washington Post)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Hezbollah drew ISIS and Al-Nusra into Lebanon. (Al Arabiya)
Steven Cook says Turkey is still not ready for a war against ISIS. (Foreign Policy)
The National says Turkey is playing a “dangerous game” on ISIS. (The National)

October 7th


American officials condemn PM Netanyahu’s “American values” comment. (JTA/Ha’aretz) 

Sec. Kerry will attend Gaza reconstruction talks in Cairo. (Ha’aretz)

The PA approves a proposal for Gaza reconstruction. (Ma’an)

Hamas calls on Palestinians in Gaza to welcome PM Hamdallah and the unity government cabinet to the Strip. (Ma’an)

Families in Gaza weigh the prospect of moving from tents into cramped temporary trailers. (New York Times)

The US Supreme Court will decide whether US passport holders can have “Jerusalem, Israel” listed as their place of birth. (Ha’aretz)

An explosion near the Lebanese border wounds two Israeli soldiers. (AFP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Kurdish anti-ISIS protesters clash with police in Turkey and force their way into the European Parliament. (AP)

Pres. Erdogan says the Syrian border town of Kobani is about to fall to extremists from ISIS. (AP)

The US-led anti-ISIS coalition reportedly struck more targets in Syria. (New York Times/The National)

An American fighter has joined Kurdish forces in the battle against ISIS. (Reuters)

Dutch F-16s carry out their first airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. (AFP)

The US military has begun using Apache helicopters against ISIS. (Reuters)

The Pentagon has spent up to $1.1 billion on operations against ISIS. (AP)

The US says Arab and European countries have carried out 10 percent of the airstrikes against ISIS. (The National)

ISIS extremists are using water as a weapon in Iraq. (Washington Post)

VP Biden will apologize to Saudi officials over remarks regarding ISIS. (New York Times)

The Egyptian army kills 16 militants from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in Sinai. (Reuters/Times of Israel)

Pres. Rouhani calls for more academic freedom in Iran’s universities. (AP)


Peter Beinart says without a two-state solution, Americans will question Zionism.  (Ha’aretz)

Raphael Ahren looks at the views of northern European countries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Times of Israel)

Frederick and Kimberly Kagan say US strategy against ISIS needs more boots on the ground. (Los Angeles Times)

Stephen Blackwell says China can’t avoid playing a role in the containment of ISIS. (The National)

Gopal Ratnam says the substance of Biden’s remarks about ISIS funding match up with what the US intelligence community has known for some time. (Foreign Policy)

Jamal Khashoggi says liberal democracy is the solution for Yemen and other Arab republics. (Al Arabiya)

David Ignatius reviews Leon Panetta’s new book. (Washington Post)

October 6th


The Palestinian unity government will hold its first Cabinet meeting in Gaza this week. (AP/Ma’an/Jerusalem Post)
The Palestinian unity government releases its $4 billion reconstruction plan for Gaza. (PNN)
PM Netanyahu says White House criticism of Israeli settlements is “un-American.” (AP/JTA/Ha’aretz)
Palestinians in Gaza make a rare visit to Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa mosque for Eid al-Adha. (AFP/JTA/The National)
Israel’s Foreign Ministry protests to the Swedish government over its decision to recognize the Palestinian state. (Ha’aretz/Ynet/Jerusalem Post)
PLO official Ashrawi criticizes Israeli reaction to Sweden’s decision to recognize Palestine as a state. (Ma’an/PNN)
An Israeli court says the PA must compensate victims of a terrorist attack in 2001. (Ha’aretz)
Extremist jewish settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in the occupied West Bank. (Ynet)
Kurdish forces defend a Syrian town from ISIS near the Turkish border. (AP/Reuters/The National)
Former Pentagon Chief Panetta says fight against ISIS will be difficult and could last decades due to decisions made by Pres. Obama. (AFP)
Hezbollah kills 16 militants from the Al-Nusra Front. (Reuters/New York Times)
ISIS’ ammunition is shown to have origins in US and China. (New York Times)
VP Biden calls the crown prince of the UAE to clarify that he did not mean to imply that the Gulf ally was supporting al-Qaeda fighters in Syria. (AP/Reuters/Washington Post) 
The US is trying to counter ISIS’ efforts to lure alienated young American Muslims. (New York Times)
Qatar comes under further attack for allegedly funding extremists. (Washington Post)
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah says religious extremism is a perversion which must be eradicated. (Times of Israel)
IMF Chief Lagarde will attend Egypt’s investors conference. (AP)
Hussein Ibish says the US must ensure that Israel does not follow through on the plans for a game-changing new settlement. (The National)
Tala Haikal says the anti-ISIS coalition must emphasize rescuing women and girls. (The Hill)
Ali Jarbawi looks at Pres. Abbas UNGA speech. (New York Times)
Haviv Rettig Gur asks if this is the beginning of the end of the Abbas era. (Times of Israel)
Roger Cohen says slaughter in the Middle East cannot be an alibi for Israel to avoid self-scrutiny. (New York Times)
The National says “choking” ISIS funding is a vital strategy. (The National)
Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Biden is echoing the statements of Iran and the Assad regime on ISIS. (Al Arabiya)
Tariq Alhomayed says Saudi Arabia and the UAE are acting in the interest of regional stability. (Asharq al-Awsat)
Khaled Almaeena says the Muslim world must protect its youth from ISIS and other extremist ideologies. (Al Arabiya)
Rami Khouri assesses the fragmentation of Arab states. (Daily Star)
Fayez Sara says international aid for the Syrian people is “too little and too late.”(Asharq al-Awsat)

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