September 17th


Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met again in Jerusalem on Monday amid deep divisions. (Xinhua)

Pres. Abbas insists there will be no Israeli presence between a Palestinian state and Jordan in the event of a peace agreement. (Jerusalem Post)

Israel is beginning to push for an increase in the quality and quantity of US military aid. (The Forward)

Palestinian man is killed in a raid by Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank. (AP/Reuters/Ma'an)

Witnesses say an injured Palestinian worker was left to die on the streets of Tel Aviv. (Ha'aretz)

A new cohort of optimistic Palestinian security force personnel graduates from the Academy for Security Studies in Jericho. (The Media Line)

Israeli occupation forces displace dozens of families in the occupied West Bank to create a firing zone. (Ma'an)

Palestinians say a meeting on forming a new government has been postponed. (Xinhua)

Israel allows building materials into Gaza for the first time in years. (Xinhua)

Abbas calls on Egypt to open the reopen the border crossing with Gaza. (Xinhua)

Egypt has reportedly arrested two more Palestinian fishermen. (The Daily Star)

PM Netanyahu calls for more pressure on Iran. (AP)

Netanyahu will meet Pres. Obama on September 30 to discuss Iran and Middle East peace. (Xinhua/Jerusalem Post)

Veteran Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery is still campaigning for a two-state solution at age 90. (AP/The National)

Israeli media report the government is considering building a new road from the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to the Dead Sea. (PNN)

Israel dismisses a call by former European leaders for the EU to stick by its new occupation guidelines. (Jerusalem Post)

A Palestinian telecommunications tycoon purchases an Israeli high-tech company. (Al Monitor)

A Syrian military defector claims the regime has conducted dozens of chemical attacks during the conflict. (The National)

Netanyahu's office denies it advised the United States to accept Russia's proposal on Syrian chemical weapons. (Jerusalem Post)

The Saudi cabinet calls for stronger measures against the Syrian regime. (Asharq Al Awsat)


Hussein Ibish says it's time to aid, not stigmatize, the Syrian rebels. (NOW)

Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi says that for both Israelis and Palestinians moderation is revolutionary. (The Daily Star)

NYT public editor Margaret Sullivan says her paper should have covered the story about the NSA sharing intelligence data on US citizens with Israel. (New York Times)

Rachel Neeman says a lethal blend of "arrogance and chauvinism" is informing Israel's attitude in peace talks with Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)

Raed Omari predicts more "empty promises" on peace from Israel. (Al Arabiya)

Dina Ezzat argues that Palestinians are worse off today than before the Oslo process began. (Ahram Online)

Haidar Eid says Egyptians are scapegoating Palestinians, especially in Gaza. (Al Jazeera)

Ben Caspit says Israel's myth of "self-reliance" is a complete delusion. (Al Monitor)

Guy Ziv says resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as possible and should take priority over action in Syria. (USA Today)

Samar Yazbek describes her conflicted emotions about the war in Syria. (Washington Post)

The Jerusalem Post interviews outgoing Israeli Amb. to the US Michael Oren. (Jerusalem Post)

Zvi Bar'el says the Syrian conflict poses significant threats to the Jordanian government and state. (Ha'aretz)

Baruch Leshem says Obama knows he has to keep his word on Iran. (YNet)

Orly Azoulay says once Obama is done with Syria's chemical weapons, he will move on to Iran's nuclear program. (YNet)

Aaron Magid says Israel would boost its case if it ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. (The Forward)

Asharq Al-Awsat interviews British Army Major-Generals Tim Cross and Roddy Porter on lessons from Iraq for Syria. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Kenneth Bandler says Israel must do more to promote employment among its Arab citizens. (Jerusalem Post)

Akiva Eldar interviews Norwegian Amb. to Israel Svein Sevje, who is very pessimistic. (Al Monitor)

Dalia Hatuqa worries that Palestinians are recklessly taking out large loans for expensive consumer goods. (Al Jazeera)

September 16th


Sec. Kerry is continuing Palestinian-Israeli peace efforts. (Jerusalem Post)

17 members of Israel's governing coalition demand no land concessions whatsoever to Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)

The head of Israel's internal security warns that Jewish terrorists might act in the event of any peace progress. (YNet)

Palestinian students in the Jordan Valley say they fear going to school because of Israeli soldiers. (Xinhua)

95% of Palestinian government workers are on strike in the coming days. (Ma'an)

Hamas says a recent military parade was meant to send "a message to Israel." (Xinhua)

Egypt is reportedly gaining ground in its offensive against extremists in Sinai. (New York Times/BBC)

Egypt says Sinai militants have booby-trapped the entire border area. (AP)

Nine Egyptian soldiers are killed in a roadside bomb in Sinai. (AP)

Egyptian tanks cross into Gaza, as part of a plan to secure the border area. (AFP/Reuters)

Palestinians say Egypt has promised to reopen the crossing with Gaza "soon," but it remains closed. (Xinhua/PNN)

Palestinians say extremist settlers have burned a Palestinian home near Nablus. (Ma'an)

Israel's mayor in Jerusalem is trying to introduce the Israeli curriculum into Palestinian classrooms. (Washington Post)

Some Palestinians are in favor of the introduction of the Israeli curriculum into their schools. (Christian Science Monitor)

PLO officials say there is still no justice for the victims of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacres. (Ma'an)

40 years after the 1973 war, Israel assesses ongoing risks. (New York Times)

A new report says Israel has 80 nuclear warheads and can make 115-190 more. (Los Angeles Times)

A mother has admitted to killing her daughter in an "honor crime" near Hebron, the 20th in the occupied West Bank this year. (Gulf News)

Israel's attorney general says Palestinian villagers can return to their homes in the colonized West Bank village of Burka. (Jerusalem Post)

The Palestine Monetary Authority says the business cycle in the West Bank declined again in September. (PNN)

An aid watchdog group urges "profound changes" in UK support to Palestinian refugees. (The Guardian)

Four more Palestinians have been killed in the Syrian conflict. (Ma’an)

Israel says the US-Russian agreement in Syria will be tested by deeds, not words. (Los Angeles Times)

PM Netanyahu reportedly urged the US to accept the Russian proposal on Syria. (Ha'aretz/Times of Israel)

Israel finds itself increasingly under pressure for its own WMD stockpiles. (The Media Line)

Israel's defense and intelligence establishments are deeply divided on Syria. (The Forward)


Ian Lustick says more Israeli-Palestinian conflict is inevitable and a two-state solution cannot prevent that. (New York Times)

Giles Fraser says any Israeli effort to seize control of the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount in occupied East Jerusalem would unleash "unimaginable violence." (The Guardian)

Hussein Ibish says Western misconceptions about the Syrian opposition impede engagement with it. (The National)

Bill Keller says Iran must be part of an international effort to end the war in Syria. (New York Times)

Former Pres. Carter says Israelis and Palestinians can guarantee their peace through mutual referenda. (Ha'aretz)

Amira Hass says Israel and Hamas work together to keep Palestinians trapped in the Gaza Strip. (Ha'aretz)

Asmaa al-Ghoul says Hamas is becoming increasingly bellicose in the face of greater isolation. (Al Monitor)

Nasser Lahham says the Oslo agreement is dead and mourns the loss of the late Pres. Arafat. (Ma'an)

Ron Pundak says he's certain Arafat was ready to forge a complete peace deal with Israel. (Times of Israel)

Khaled Diab asks where Arab action is on Syria. (Ha'aretz)

Orly Azoulay says a deal on Syrian chemical weapons will be the prelude to an agreement or confrontation with Iran. (YNet)

Barry Rubin says the Syrian agreement shows the West "wants to be fooled" by Iran. (Jerusalem Post)

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed says changing the balance of power on the ground is the key to a negotiated solution in Syria. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Haian Dukhan says Israel only sees enemies on all sides in Syria. (The Daily Star)

September 13th


On the 20th anniversary of the Oslo agreements, many now see them as largely hollow. (AP/Los Angeles Times/France 24)

Some see both negative and positive effects from the agreements. (Xinhua/Deutsche Welle)

Israelis are divided over the legacy of the agreements. (Jerusalem Post)

A new Palestinian report says denial of water rights has become "a permanent fixture" following the Oslo agreements. (PNN)

A former senior Israeli government official says 100,000 settlers must be evacuated for a two-state solution. (PNN)

Israel and the EU are unlikely to reach an agreement on the occupation guidelines before November. (Jerusalem Post)

Egypt is accusing Hamas of training terrorists to conduct bomb attacks, and Hamas denies the accusations. (Reuters/BBC)

Egypt is continuing to expand its offensive against extremists in Sinai. (AP)

Hamas denies that Egyptian tanks entered Gaza. (Times of Israel)

Saudi Arabia is reportedly increasing weapons shipments to Syrian rebels. (New York Times)

Israelis are divided over the best course to take in Syria. (Washington Post)

Sec. Kerry will meet with PM Netanyahu to discuss Syria and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (AP)

The Syrian government may be moving quickly to hide its WMD stockpiles. (Wall Street Journal)

Human Rights Watch accuses the Syrian government of mass murder of more than 248 Sunnis in coastal towns in May. (AP/Times of Israel)

Israel expresses skepticism about Iran's new president, as he seeks to begin outreach to the worldthrough the UN. (AP)

Israel prepares for Yom Kippur. (AP)

Israel and the United States are continuing to develop the Arrow antimissile system. (YNet)

Israel denies spying on Americans after the latest NSA leak. (Jerusalem Post)

Al Jazeera is taking legal action against the Egyptian government. (AP)

Newly revealed Israeli documents suggest a hitherto unknown degree of cooperation between Jordan and Israel in 1973. (Ha'aretz/Times of Israel)

Jordan-based MIT startup aims to help people in the developing world build savings. (Christian Science Monitor)

The BBC profiles the Druze community in Israel. (BBC)

Kosovo is asking Jewish Americans to help pressure Israel to recognize the country. (JTA)

Israeli and Palestinian soccer federation leaders agree to a FIFA-brokered understanding. (Jewish Chronicle)


Alan Elsner lists seven reasons to be optimistic about the new Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (Christian Science Monitor)

The PLO issues a twenty-year retrospective document on the Oslo accords. (PLO)

Uri Dromi recalls the optimism of the initial Oslo agreement moments. (New York Times)

Uri Savir says the "Oslo mindset" is essential to achieving peace. (Jerusalem Post)

Avi Shlaim says there's no doubt that the Oslo agreements were sabotaged by "Netanyahu's bad faith." (The Guardian)

Ha'aretz says the anniversary of the 1973 war shows peace, not conflict, brings real security. (Ha'aretz)

Israel Harel says Israelis should stop thinking the 1973 war went badly for them. (Ha'aretz)

Brent Sasley looks at the implications of AIPAC's lobbying on Syria. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Richard Cohen asks why liberals aren't outraged about the carnage in Syria. (Washington Post)

Michael O'Hanlon says, rumors to the contrary, the US military is not unified in opposition to action in Syria. (Washington Post)

Nathan Guttman looks at divergent views on Syria between two Jewish-American members of Congress. (The Forward)

Randa Takieddine says Pres. Assad is lucky in both his allies and his opponents. (Al Hayat)

Eliot Cohen says any expression of "war weariness," including by Pres. Obama, is an "expression of weakness." (Washington Post)

John Diamond says, difficult as it may be, practicable models exist for destroying Syrian WMD. (Los Angeles Times)

Yousef Al-Dayni says the Syrian conflict presents both challenges and opportunities to the Arab states. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Hassan Haidar says the only real losers in Syria right now are the opposition. (Al Hayat)

Pascale El-Khoury asks if there is an "end of times" eschatology behind Hezbollah's intervention in Syria. (Al Monitor)

Husain Marhoon looks at possible connections between the future of Bahrain and the outcome of the Syrian conflict. (Al Monitor)

Alon Pinkas says Netanyahu is foolishly baiting Obama on Iran. (Ha'aretz)

The BBC looks at why Egypt has launched a major offensive against extremists in Sinai now. (BBC)

Osama Al Sharif says Egypt has made a lot of progress against the Sinai extremists, but much more is to be done. (Gulf News)

September 12th


new, leaked NSA document suggests the US shares raw intelligence data on American private citizens with Israel. (The Guardian)

In a new report, the IMF says the Palestinian economy is highly precarious. (AP)

A Palestinian man is wounded in a clash with Israeli occupation forces near Nablus. (Xinhua/Ma'an)

An Israeli court rejects claims of "incitement" against Palestinian officials. (Ma'an)

American delays in action in Syria seem to disappoint many Middle East allies. (Christian Science Monitor)

Israelis are beginning to plan on greater self-reliance following the postponement of US strikes on Syrian targets. (New York Times)

Israel says it will not ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention before its Arab neighbors. (Xinhua)

PM Netanyahu welcomes Russian proposals eliminating Syrian chemical weapons. (Xinhua)

Syrian rebels express outrage at the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons. (AP/Reuters)

perceived lack of alternatives to Pres. Assad may be driving US hesitancy on Syria. (AP)

Egypt steps up its campaign in Sinai after soldiers are killed by extremists. (New York Times/Ma'an)

New Egyptian restrictions are causing increased hardships on Palestinians in Gaza. (Reuters/Ahram Weekly)

Hamas is seeking to reduce tensions with Egypt. (Voice of America)

An Israeli Jerusalem court convicts three Palestinians of working for Hamas-related charities. (YNet)

There is no Arab representation in Israel's highest academic society. (Ha'aretz)

Palestinians demonstrate outside Al Jazeera's offices in Ramallah after a perceived insult to the late Pres. Arafat. (The Media Line)


ATFP Pres. Ziad Asali looks at Israel and Palestine in their new regional context. (Huffington Post)

Ben Barber says Israeli-Palestinian peace talks hold promise. (Gulf Today)

Jacqueline Shoen says hopes for Palestinian national reconciliation are at an all-time low. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Hilik Bar says Israel and the Palestinians have an obligation to try again to achieve a peace agreement. (Jerusalem Post)

Aaron Magid says Sec. Kerry is wrong to pressure the EU to ease its new occupation guidelines. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Yaakov Dov Bleich says Israel can never be "too Jewish." (The Forward)

Pres. Putin warns Americans about the dangers of action in Syria. (New York Times)

Fareed Zakaria says Pres. Obama is giving diplomacy a chance. (Washington Post)

The LA Times says Obama is right to give diplomacy a chance, but should not wait long. (Los Angeles Times)

The New York Times says the US and Russia at last seem to be working on a common aim in Syria. (New York Times)

Nick Kristof says Obama's threat of force has produced a Russian and Syrian climbdown on chemical weapons. (New York Times)

George Hishmeh says Obama has now put the ball squarely in Putin's court. (Gulf News)

Michael Young says Russia has saved Assad, at least for the meanwhile. (The Daily Star)

Ben Caspit says senior Israelis are wondering how to interpret the American hesitancy on Syria. (Al Monitor)

Shmuel Rosner says Israel stands to lose from American hesitation on Syria. (Al Monitor)

Salman Shaikh says Obama will be haunted by his Syrian hesitancy for the rest of his presidency. (Foreign Policy)

Nathan Guttman looks at what he calls "deep divisions" in J Street on the question of Syria. (The Forward)

Linda Gradstein says Gulf states are starting to question American resolve on Iran. (The Media Line)

Gershon Baskin says intensified diplomacy or Syria ought to help the international community deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Jerusalem Post)

Abraham Rabinovich says, three years later, PM Meir realized how the 1973 war could've been avoided. (Times of Israel)

Hussein Shobokshi praises Arab satirists, especially Bassem Youssef and Nadim Koteich. (Asharq Al Awsat)

September 11th


Pres. Obama says he's delaying any possible US military strike on Syrian targets. (New York Times)

Russia, Syria's biggest arms supplier, may be supplying even more new weapons to the Syrian government. (Daily Beast/Times of Israel)

Al Qaeda extremist rebels kill 12 Alawites in a captured village in Syria. (Reuters)

Egypt's military continues its broad offensive in Sinai, as suicide attacks kill nine soldiers. (AP)

Egypt destroys six more smuggling tunnels along the Gaza border, and again closes the crossing. (Ma'an/All Africa)

Egypt accuses Islamic Jihad of arms smuggling in Sinai. (Al Monitor)

Gaza shortages on almost all supplies are increasing as Egypt intensifies its crackdown on smuggling. (Los Angeles Times)

Israel closes the investigation into the 2009 killing of Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh. (Xinhua/The Guardian)

The PA accuses settler extremists of torching olive fields near Nablus. (Ma'an)

Israel's right-wing housing minister Ariel visits the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Wednesday under Israeli police protection. (Ma'an)

Israeli forces demolish four Palestinian homes in a village near occupied East Jerusalem and prepare to demolish more. (PNN)

Israel will compensate the family of an Australian-Israel who died in jail after allegedly working as spy. (AP/Ha'aretz)

Israel's High Court indicates it wants to suspend the application in occupied East Jerusalem of a law allowing the confiscation of Palestinian property. (Ha'aretz)

Israel and the EU agree to keep discussing the new European occupation guidelines. (Jerusalem Post)

CNN proposes 10 things to bear in mind while visiting Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. (CNN)


Thomas Friedman says US public reluctance on Syria shows US relationship with the Middle East has changed. (New York Times)

David Ignatius says Obama gave a war speech without actually announcing the use of force. (Washington Post)

Doyle McManus says Obama made the case for war, but would clearly rather avoid it. (Los Angeles Times)

Former Pres. Carter warns against a military strike in Syria. (Washington Post)

Rami Khouri says the US now has a possible alternative approach toward Syria. (The Daily Star)

Shmuel Rosner recalls the 1973 war as the "victory to end all victories" for Israel. (New York Times)

Zvi Bar'el looks at Israel's "cold peace" with Egypt. (Ha'aretz)

AFP says 20 years later, the Oslo agreements look like a "false dawn" for Middle East peace. (AFP)

Matthew Levitt looks at "Hezbollah's global footprint." (Jerusalem Post)

Linah Alsaafin says some other Palestinian activists have denounced the anti-Hamas "Tamarod" youth movement in Gaza. (Al Monitor)

Yuval Eylon says Israel should disarm its own nuclear arsenal. (YNet)

Ana Palacio says Europe has a historic opportunity to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (The Daily Star)

Dan Goldenblatt says freedom of movement is the key to any Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. (Ha'aretz)

Shlomi Eldar says a recent Israeli High Court ruling breathes new life into the revival of the Israeli left. (Al Monitor)

Nadav Eyal says Israel has created its own form of "linkage": between peace and Iran's nuclear program. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

On Yom Kippur, Samer Badawi remembers his Palestinian mother. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Noted Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef eulogizes his own late mother. (Tahrir Squared)

September 10th


Three more Palestinians are killed in the Syrian conflict. (Ma'an)

NPR profiles a Palestinian family that lost 11 members in an August 21 Syrian government chemical weapons attack. (National Public Radio)

A Russian news agency says Syria has accepted Russian proposals on chemical weapons designed to forestall American strikes. (Reuters)

France says it is drafting a UN Security Council resolution requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons or face "serious consequences." (AP/Washington Post/BBC)

Israeli officials express skepticism over Syria's willingness to surrender chemical weapons. (AP)

Reports suggest the CIA believes Israel also acquired chemical weapons decades ago. (Foreign Policy/Jerusalem Post)

AIPAC is reportedly preparing to dispatch hundreds of members to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of Pres. Obama's request for authorization for the use of force in Syria. (New York Times)

The CSM looks at whether Israel is also lobbying Congress on Syria. (Christian Science Monitor)

Disputes over the 1967 border as a basis for talks are complicating Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. (New York Times)

The disputes might delay the next scheduled phase of Palestinian prisoner release. (Jerusalem Post)

DM Ya’alon denounces efforts to develop a Palestinian state and dismisses the idea of Arab democracy. (Times of Israel)

Egypt is continuing with a major offensive against armed groups in Sinai, reportedly killing nine militants. (AP)

The fuel crisis in Gaza is intensifying. (Gulf News)

Israeli extremists visit religious flashpoints in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma'an)

An Israeli court is set to rule today on whether a law allowing the confiscation of Palestinian propertyapplies in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma'an)

80 Jordanian MPs urge Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem in solidarity with Palestinians. (Jordan Times)

Israeli health officials say the polio virus has been found in Jerusalem's sewers. (New York Times/YNet)


Chemi Shalev says Pres. Assad could try to emulate Saddam Hussein by creating "linkage" with Israel. (Ha'aretz)

The New York Times says a proposal on Syrian chemical weapons could be a way out of an American strike. (New York Times)

Hussein Ibish says the proposal is unlikely to work but gives all parties more welcome strategic and political time. (NOW)

Yassin al-Haj Saleh says a "half-hearted" international intervention in Syria isn't enough. (New York Times)

Nahum Barnea says the Obama administration should entirely rethink its approach to Syria. (YNet)

Ha'aretz warns Israel against any perception of intervening in an American domestic debate about Syria. (Ha'aretz)

Ben Caspit says AIPAC shouldn't get involved in Syria lobbying either. (Al Monitor)

Amos Harel says Egyptian-Israeli relations are greatly strengthening despite regional tensions. (Ha'aretz)

Joshua Bloom says Israel should end its discriminatory policies against non-Jewish migrants and asylum-seekers. (Jerusalem Post)

Giles Fraser says the most dangerous wall between Israel and the Palestinians is in the Israeli mindset. (The Guardian)

Dalia Hatuqa says most Palestinians believe the new round of talks with Israel are "a doomed experiment." (Al Jazeera America)

Ian Pindar looks at a new book on the Palestinian citizens of Israel by historian Ilan Pappé. (The Guardian)

Akiva Eldar says Israelis have mixed feelings about Oslo, 20 years on. (Al Monitor)

Gershom Gorenberg looks at a recent Israeli court ruling that a right-wing group can't sue people for calling it "fascist." (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

September 9th


Sec. Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians are determined to push forward with peace talks. (AFP)

Israel complains to the United States regarding alleged media 'leaks' on peace talks by Palestinian officials. (Ma'an/LA Times)

Qatar says Israeli settlements are “obstacles” to the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. (Reuters/AP)

Kerry asks EU to suspend its new restrictions on financial assistance to Israeli institutions located in the occupied Palestinian territories. (New York Times)

EU is sending diplomats to Israel to talk about new settlement guidelines, and says its implementation will be done “very sensitively.” (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Four more Palestinian properties will face demolition in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. (Ma'an)

Dutch engineering firm quits building a sewage project in the occupied East Jerusalem because it was based beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Hamas aims to open naval military academy in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)

PM Netanyahu rejects new year's greetings supposedly tweeted by Iranian Pres. Rouhani on Rosh Hashanah. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Number of Arab countries will join the American coalition of 12 countries on Syria. (AFP)

Charlie Rose's interview with Pres. Assad will be shown today in which the Syrian Pres. denies chemical attack. (Guardian)

Syria, Iran and Russia are working on a proposal to avert an American strike--democratic transition in stages and expedited elections without Assad. (Haaretz)

Israel won't intervene in Syria unless Assad regime crosses "red lines," says Israeli Defense minister Ya'alon. (Ynet)

The Observer issues a correction, stating that Israel did not use chemical weapons in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)

Israel media questions American deterrence in the Middle East due to Obama's difficulties in securing support for a strike in Syria. (AFP)

Israel deploys Iron Dome battery near Jerusalem. (Ynet)

Israeli forces raid Nablus village. (Ma'an)

Israel permits additional 5000 Palestinians to work inside the Green Line. (Jerusalem Post)

The Palestinian soccer chief accuses Israel of 'playing games' in talks on easing travel restrictions imposed on Palestinian players. (Haaretz)


Haaretz editorial criticizes the "impure alliance"  between some Israeli officials and settlement construction. (Haaretz)
Abraham H. Foxman speaks against demoting Arabic language in the Knesset and calls this move undemocratic. (Forward)
Smadar Peri says General Al-sisi deserves to be the man of the year because of how he dismantled the Brotherhood in Egypt. (Ynet)

Shoula Romano Horing describes Obama as a weak and unreliable ally over his policy on Syria. (Ynet)

Rick Jacobs says Jewish religion should never be given political power in Israel, nor should the state be given religious authority. (Forward)

September 6th


Hamas plays down increasing tensions with Egypt. (AFP)

Hamas arrests members of the youth group calling for its ouster from power in Gaza. (Xinhua)

Domestic violence against women is reportedly on the rise in Gaza. (Al Monitor)

Sec. Kerry is visiting Europe to discuss several Middle Eastern matters. (AP/Xinhua)

Pres. Abbas will meet with Kerry on Monday. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)

The G20 continues to be divided on Syria. (AFP)

Israel endorses limited American strikes against Syria. (New York Times)

Israelis mull the potential consequences of a potential US strike on Syria. (Christian Science Monitor)

The Pentagon is ordered to expand its list of potential targets in Syria. (New York Times)

AIPAC is reportedly lobbying heavily for Pres. Obama's request for authorization for force from Congress. (Politico)

Reports suggest Iranian proxies in Iraq may strike US targets if the US attacks Syria. (Ha'aretz)

More Israeli-Turkish reconciliation talks are reportedly underway. (YNet)

The ongoing fuel crisis in Gaza may cause a shutdown in its electrical plant. (Times of Israel)

Israel launches a new 24 hour TV news channel in Arabic, English and French. (The Forward)

Israel's mayor in Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, faces a tough reelection fight. (The Forward)

The St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai shuts down. (Al Monitor)

After a lengthy verification process, the UN has reduced its estimate of Palestinian refugees from Syria and Lebanon by half. (The Daily Star)

Several movies at the Venice Film Festival look at the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Reuters)


Anne-Marie Slaughter says Israel and Palestine can be a stable island in a sea of regional disorder. (The Daily Star)

Inna Lazareva profiles a group of Israeli women who mediate between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians at checkpoints. (Al Monitor)

Ilene Prusher says Israel may be building the most political park in the world in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ha'aretz)

Hussein Ibish says the United States potentially faces a "Suez moment" of its own if it doesn't act in Syria. (The National)

Robert Scales explains why he thinks the Pentagon might not want an action in Syria. (Washington Post)

Nathan Guttman describes how the White House enlisted the support of Jewish American organizations for a strike on Syria. (The Forward)

A.B. Yehoshua looks at the perennial Israeli problem of defining "who is a Jew." (Ha'aretz)

David Horovitz defines nine challenges facing the Israeli military in the coming year. (Times of Israel)

Dov Maimon says Israel is drifting into a dangerous new level of Jewish tribalism. (The Forward)

Marwan Kabalan says Obama was smart to ask for approval for any strike on Syria. (Gulf News)

Noam Chomsky thinks Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are "a complete farce." (Salon)

September 5th


Palestinian officials say Israel has proposed an interim agreement leaving dozens of settlements and military bases scattered throughout the West Bank. (AP/YNet)

Palestinian officials say Israel's proposal would leave it in control of at least 40% of the occupied West Bank. (Times of Israel)

Palestinian officials say the Israeli proposals are "unacceptable," and say they will not accept any"temporary solutions." (Ha'aretz/Jerusalem Post)

Palestinians complain Israel cannot be shifted from the sole topic of security in talks. (Xinhua)

Israel begins construction on 620 new settler housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. (PNN)

Israeli police arrest at least seven people following unrest at East Jerusalem holy sites. (Ha'aretz)

The World Bank transfers $72.2 million to the PA. (Ma’an)

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and its UN partners say about 1.6 million Palestinians suffer food insecurity. (PNN)

Hamas is reeling from Egypt's establishment of a Sinai-Gaza buffer zone. (Al Monitor)

Shortages in Gaza are intensifying as Egypt continues to clamp down on smuggling tunnels. (Xinhua)

One Egyptian soldier is killed and nine are wounded by extremists in Sinai. (Xinhua)

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim survives an attempted assassination bomb attack. (BBC)

Senior advisers to Pres. Obama recommend a suspension of aid to Egypt. (AP)

A Pentagon official warns cutting aid to Egypt could cost the US billions of dollars. (Jerusalem Post)

Senate panel narrowly approves the use of American military force in Syria. (Los Angeles Times)

Syrian regime forces reportedly used large payloads of chemical weapons and cluster bombs. (New York Times)

Sec. Kerry says Arab states have offered to help pay for any Western intervention in Syria. (AFP)

The Pentagon may help arm Syrian rebels, instead of the CIA. (Times of Israel)

Many Jewish-American organizations are backing Obama on Syria, but are downplaying the "Israel angle." (JTA)

former Syrian Defense Minister defects from the regime. (Reuters)


David Ignatius says the Syrian war is reaching a turning point. (Washington Post)

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla says the GCC will back any American effective action in Syria. (Gulf News)

Michael Young says a very hard American hit that may signal the end of Pres. Assad is coming unless Russia can find a last-minute solution. (The Daily Star)

Jon Alterman says that if Obama doesn't get approval for action in Syria, Iran will no longer be interested in nuclear talks. (Al Monitor)

Nick Kristof says there's no point in calling for peace in the middle of a war. (New York Times)

The CSM says any American action in Syria should be proportionate and just. (Christian Science Monitor)

The Forward says the US needs to do "the right thing" and take action in Syria. (The Forward)

Aijaz Syed says international intervention is required in Syria. (Arab News)

Albert Hunt says Obama is haunted by his own redline in Syria. (New York Times)

Benny Morris says Obama's hesitation on Syria leaves many Israelis feeling he is unreliable. (Los Angeles Times)

Rajan Menon says preserving US credibility is no reason for military action in Syria. (Los Angeles Times)

Hagai Segal says history will mock Obama for his hesitation on Syria. (YNet)

Nathan Guttman says the White House pressed Jewish-American organizations to support it on Syria. (The Forward)

Eyad Abu Shakra explains the sectarian breakdown and dynamics in Syria. (Asharq Al Awsat)

James Denselow says bureaucracy and red tape are impeding aid to Syria's most vulnerable communities. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed thinks the prospects for a US-Russian understanding on Syria have improved. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Shmuel Rosner acknowledges that demographics and the occupation mean Israel must choose between being Jewish or democratic. (Al Monitor)

Diana Moukalled says Syria's plight is overshadowing Iraq's desperate cries for help. (Asharq Al Awsat)

David D'Arcy looks at a new movie about Palestinian identity, "Palestinian Stereo." (The National)

Yair Rosenberg says Peter Beinart's recent essay on Jewish lack of empathy with Palestinians doesn't acknowledge Palestinian reticence to reach out to Jews. (Tablet)

The Media Line profiles Maysoon Zayed and other edgy, young Palestinian comedians. (The Media Line)

September 4th


A senior PLO official says negotiations with Israel seem "futile" and are "going nowhere." (Reuters)

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met again on Tuesday with no sign of progress. (Times of Israel)

Israel says settlement evacuations are not part of the ongoing negotiations. (Jerusalem Post)

A new UN report suggests Palestinians are losing about $300 million a year of their tax revenue to Israeli withholding. (The Guardian)

A new poll shows most Israelis are not concerned about their overall security situation. (Jerusalem Post)

Israeli occupation forces detain five people after disturbances at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. (Ma'an)
Palestinians in the West Bank rally in support of the new Egyptian government. (Xinhua)

Jihadist unrest in Sinai is intensifying, amid a major Egyptian military offensive. (AP/Times of Israel)

Hamas dismisses any notion of an Egyptian strike in Gaza. (Jerusalem Post)

With the Egyptian crackdown on Gaza intensifying, Palestinian residents are increasingly turning to Israel for an outlet. (Times of Israel)

The Palestinian Tamarod group plans a mass protest against Hamas rule on November 11. (Al Monitor)

Palestinian women in Gaza are struggling to achieve greater divorce rights. (Al Monitor)

His attorneys say that Israel has released the country's leading Islamist, Raed Salah. (Ma'an)

Pres. Abbas cancels a Rosh Hashanah celebration with Israelis after Palestinian criticism and several MKs refused to attend. (Jerusalem Post)

Two more Palestinian refugees are reportedly killed in Syria. (Ma'an)

Pres. Obama secures bipartisan congressional leadership support for authorization for action in Syria. (AP/Los Angeles Times)
Many American pro-Israel groups are quietly backing US intervention in Syria. (Reuters)

In Senate testimony, Sec. Kerry allows for the possibility of some American "boots on the ground" in Syria, but quickly backtracks. (Reuters/AP)
France says international intervention in Syria would be intended to "rebalance" the situation there. (AP)

A U.S. Air Force commander warns that budget cutbacks may undermine the effectiveness of any action. (Ha'aretz)

The World Bank announces a major new solid waste management program for the occupied West Bank. (PNN)

Saudi Arabia has reportedly donated $200 million to Palestinian cities to preserve their Palestinian character. (Jerusalem Post)

FIFA chief Blatter plans to host the heads of the Israeli and Palestinian soccer federations to iron out differences. (AP)

Jewish and Israeli souvenirs are being increasingly sold by West Bank merchants to tourists. (The Media Line)


AP interviews Israel's mayor in Jerusalem, Barkat, who says the city can never be divided. (AP)

AP interviews Russian Pres. Putin, who explains his position on Syria. (AP)

Thomas Friedman says the best response to Assad's use of chemical weapons is more arming and training of the FSA. (New York Times)

Michael Young says Obama has a "Greta Garbo" attitude towards the rest of the world, but Syria has forced his hand. (Wall Street Journal)

Roger Cohen says when redlines are delineated they must be enforced. (New York Times)

Jonathan Zimmerman says the US must be ready to act alone against Syria if necessary. (Christian Science Monitor)

Doyle McManus says the tussle over Syria is dangerous for Obama and Congress alike, but the debate must be had. (Los Angeles Times)

Tom Geoghegan looks at six techniques Obama is using to convince Congress. (BBC)

James Stavridis says NATO should help the US deal with Assad. (New York Times)

George Semaan has real doubts Obama can get it right in Syria. (Al Hayat)

Zvi Bar'el says it's because of the occupation that Israel is being asked to stay on the sidelines in Syria. (Ha'aretz)

Shlomi Eldar says Hezbollah's threats against Israel are empty. (Al Monitor)

Shemuel Meir says Israel has systematically undermined the Oslo agreements by creative interpretations of "security zones." (+972)

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