Pres. Abbas says he wants more negotiations over a proposed Palestinian UN initiative. (AP)

The US says it is prepared to veto the draft Palestinian resolution. (AP)

PM Netanyahu criticizes Abbas over the UN initiative, and FM Lieberman calls it an act of "aggression." (Xinhua)

Netanyahu says PA policy may lead to Hamas' takeover of the West Bank. (Times of Israel)

Palestinian factions meet in Gaza, as thousands march in support of former Fatah leader Dahlan. (Ma'an)

Hamas may be increasing its military preparations. (Ha'aretz/YNet)

The CSM profiles Palestinian peace activist Aziz Abu Sarah. (Christian Science Monitor)

A new poll suggests most Israelis don't want Netanyahu to continue as PM. (Ha'aretz)

The UN seeks to raise billions of dollars for Syrian refugees. (New York Times/Reuters)

Syrian newborns in Lebanon are at risk for stateless status. (AP)

Syrian government forces besiege rebel groups in Aleppo. (Xinhua)

mass grave, attributed to ISIS extremists, is uncovered in Syria. (Los Angeles Times)

Kurdish forces, backed by US air power, make gains against ISIS extremists. (New York Times)

Two senior ISIS leaders are killed as more US troops head for Iraq. (AP)

The United States delays release of a report on its role in the 1953 Iranian coup. (AP)

Saudi Arabia says its oil decisions are not linked to politics. (AP)

Pakistan says it killed 32 militants in an ambush. (Reuters)

Yemeni women fear newly empowered Houthi forces are restricting freedoms. (Reuters)


Colum Lynch says Palestinians are "rolling the dice" at the UN. (Foreign Policy)

Arab League SG Elaraby says international attitudes to Palestinian statehood are changing. (Asharq Al Awsat)

The National says Palestinians are inching closer to achieving their national goals. (The National)

Jack Khoury says the Palestinian UN initiative is no threat to Israel. (Ha'aretz)

Ha'aretz says Israel should welcome the Palestinian UN initiative. (Ha'aretz)

Diana Buttu says Palestinians should focus on tactics to isolate Israel. (Gulf News)

Nahum Barnea says Israeli politicians talk about Judaism, but ignore Israelis. (YNet)

Michael Karpin says Jerusalem was better off when it was divided. (The Forward)

Paula Astih says Lebanon is bracing for attacks from ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Haroon Mustafa Janjua says Pakistan's blasphemy laws often serve as cover for abuse. (Daily Star)

David Kenner says a new report on Syria by Nir Rosen looks like an attempt to whitewash the regime but may be influential anyway. (Foreign Policy)


Jordan formally submits to the UNSC a draft resolution calling for an end to Israel’s occupation by the end of 2017. (Reuters/AP/New York

Text of the UNSC draft resolution is released. (Ha’aretz)

Pres. Abbas says he supports further negotiations over the UN draft resolution. (AP/Times of Israel)

FM Lieberman calls the UN Palestinian resolution a “gimmick.” (Reuters/Ha’aretz)

Economy Minister Bennett says Palestinians’ behavior shows they’re “not worthy of a state.” (Jerusalem Post)

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini says Hamas must remain on the terror list. (Times of Israel)

Israeli occupation forces shoot and injure a Palestinian man near Nablus. (Ma’an)

The New York Times looks at why Israeli border police are increasingly becoming the focus of anger. (New York Times)

Israeli naval forces open fire at fishing boats off the coast of Gaza. (Ma’an)

As US fighter jets strike ISIS targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

The US is penalizing companies for providing fuel to Syrian forces.
(New York Times)

PM al-Abadi orders the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets. (AP)

A new constituency law in Egypt sets stage for the long-awaited parliamentary elections. (Reuters)


Mariam Barghouti says a cab ride around Ramallah  reveals a depressed and resentful people. (New York Times)

Raed Omari says Palestinians should postpone their bid at the UN. (Al Arabiya)

Gideon Levy says the US must support the French resolution to the UNSC to bring about an end to the occupation within two years. (Ha’aretz)

Yossi Shain asks if the US will veto the UN Palestinian resolution. (Ynet)

The Daily Star says Sec. Kerry should ensure Israelis recognize and respect international law. (Daily Star)

Don Futterman says Israel should recognize a Palestinian state. (Ha’aretz)

Eytan Gilboa says an American intervention in Israeli elections will achieve the opposite result. (Ynet)

Ha’aretz says DM Ya’alon’s recent statements and decisions prove he is not fit to serve as defense minister. (Ha’aretz)

Asmaa al-Ghoul asks who is targeting the French cultural center in Gaza. (Al-Monitor)

Elizabeth Dickinson asks what happened to Arab liberalism after the Arab Spring. (Politico)

Eyad Abu Shakra looks at the plan for Syria by UN Envoy de Mistura.
(Asharq al-Awsat)

Vali Nasr says a nuclear deal with Iran is the key to an American strategy to resolve the region’s rivalries. (New York Times)

Joyce Karam says Iran is unlikely to be "another Cuba" for Pres. Obama.
(Al Arabiya)

Miriam Awadallah profiles Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. (Annahar)

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