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ATFP News Roundup October 10, 2016


A Palestinian who was due to begin a prison term in Israel next week went on a shooting spreeon Sunday, killing a pedestrian and a police officer in Jerusalem before being shot dead by police, medical and law enforcement officials said. (Reuters\Washington Post\Times of Israel\Ha'aretz)

The U.S. State Department strongly condemned a terrorist attack in Jerusalem that left two people dead. (JTA)

Israeli PM Netanyahu reportedly told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call that settlers from the Amona outpost would be relocated to an authorized settlement only as a last resort. (JTA)

In the wake of a deadly shooting attack in Jerusalem on Sunday, Israeli forces carried out massive raids across different neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem, where they detained some 39 Palestinians, at least nine of whom were minors, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. (Ma'an)

A senior Israeli government minister is due to visit Turkey this week in the first such trip since the Jewish state and Ankara normalized relations after a six-year crisis over Israel’s deadly storming of a Gaza-bound ship, an official said. (Times of Israel)

Israeli forces shot and lightly wounded an Associated Press photographer with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was covering clashes in the occupied West Bank village of al-Ram on Sunday, the global news agency reported. (Ma'an)

A Palestinian man died after being accidentally electrocuted inside a smuggling tunnel between Egypt and the southern besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday. (Ma'an)

Israeli authorities sentenced Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi to seven months in prison on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society. (Ma'an)

Russia intends to establish a permanent naval base on the site of an existing facility it leases at the Syrian port of Tartus, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Monday, Russian news agencies reported. (Reuters)

Debate over the merits and risks of America’s role as a moral authority has raged for decades, from the war in Vietnam, to Iraq, and now to Syria. (New York Times)

France's foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. (AP)

A Syrian man who came to Germany during a migrant influx into the country last year was arrested on Monday after a weekend manhunt on suspicion of planning an Islamist bomb attack, Saxony state police said. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthi movement fired ballistic missiles at Saudi Arabia, and the United States said a failed missile attack from Houthi-controlled areas targeted one of its warships, two days after an apparent Saudi-led air strike killed 140 Yemenis. (Reuters\New York Times)

An Arab coalition intercepted two missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi group at targets in Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Marib province on Sunday, Saudi Arabian official media reported. (Reuters)

AT&T’s partnership with an Iranian company suggests that promises President Hassan Rouhani made long ago of welcoming Western businesses may at last be coming true. (New York Times)


Ahmad Abu Amer says Palestinians are not convinced by the Palestinian Authority's justifications for delaying a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity. (Al-Monitor)

Uri Savir says the late President Shimon Peres is irreplaceable, but one of three people — his son Chemi Peres, former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi or former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz — could go on from where Peres left off. (Al-Monitor)

Shlomi Eldar says despite a boycott of late President Shimon Peres' funeral by Arab Knesset members, several Arab-Israeli regional council heads and mayors paid a condolence visit to his family, to wide public approval. (Al-Monitor)

Josh Rogin says Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria. (Washington Post)

Hassan Hassan looks at the fragmentation of rebel groups around Aleppo. (The National)

James Traub looks at the mess Pres. Obama left behind in Iraq. (Foreign Policy)

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