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Pres. Abbas appears to be opting for rhetoric because he seem to lack other options on relations with Israel. (AP)

Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erekat says if a proposed UNSC resolution fails, Palestine will apply for membership in 522 international organizations and statutes. (Ma’an)

Israeli occupation forces demolish three Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

Jewish extremist settlers construct two new wildcat outposts in the occupied West Bank. (Ma’an/PNN)

Hamas says Gaza ceasefire talks will resume in Cairo next week. (AFP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

DM Ya’alon says Israel will not allow Gaza reconstruction if Hamas rebuilds tunnels. (Jerusalem Post)

The UN says Israel must uphold human rights law in its treatment of Palestinians. (Jerusalem Post)

Palestine’s UN Amb. Mansour sends a letter of complaint to the UNSC accusing a Jewish settler of killing a Palestinian schoolgirl.  (Times of Israel)

The US denies that the FBI withheld information on a missing Israeli soldier in the recent Gaza war. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

Israeli occupation forces detain, handcuff and blindfold a disabled Palestinian child. (Times of Israel/PNN)

mortar fired from Syria lands in the Golan Heights. (Ha’aretz/JTA)

Britain says it will send drones to fly surveillance missions in Syria. (Reuters/AP)

The US and Turkey are giving Syrian Kurds a boost in their fight against ISIS. (Washington Post)

ISIS is reportedly winning territory from Syrian government forces in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor. (Reuters)

The EU imposes sanctions on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior officers and a UAE company, accused of helping to supply oil to Syria. (Reuters)

Pres. Rouhani promises Iran will stand by Iraq in the fight against ISIS. (AP)

Caritas says Iraqi refugees in Lebanon face a daily struggle to survive. (Reuters)

Pope Francis will visit Turkey. (Reuters)

PM Mehleb says Egypt has no plans for direct participation in the war against ISIS.  (Ynet)

King Abdullah of Jordan says the Middle East is threatened by both Jewish and Muslim extremists. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Jordan Times)

Moody’s says Egypt’s political and security situation has stabilized, raising the country’s outlook from “negative to stable.” (AP)

Libya’s elected parliament declares a formal alliance with Gen. Haftar. (Reuters)


Ha’aretz says “Judaizing” occupied East Jerusalem could torpedo peace. (Ha’aretz)

Elhanan Miller asks if the PA could survive without the Israeli military. (Times of Israel)

Al-Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti. (Al-Monitor)

Akiva Eldar says PM Netanyahu mistakenly believes that a Republican Congress would pressure Pres. Obama to change his policy. (Al-Monitor)

Hassan Barari agrees with Sec. Kerry’s linkage between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and extremism in the region. (Jordan Times)

Michael Weiss and Faysal Itani look at why pundits like Zakaria and Gelb are wrong about Syria. (Politico)

Diana Moukalled says the world is failing the Syrian people. (Al Arabiya)

Yusuf Sayman says Turkey is not abandoning the Syrian Kurds. (Foreign Policy)

The National says Tunisians should trust the power of the ballot box. (The National)

The IFES previews Tunisia’s upcoming parliamentary elections. (International Foundation for Electoral Systems)

H.A. Hellyer says the international community must help Libya become free, united and pluralistic. (Al Arabiya)

Vali Nasr says voting cycles in the US and Iran leave only a small window of opportunity for a nuclear deal. (New York Times)


Pres. Abbas says legal measures will be taken to prevent Jewish settlers from attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque (AP/Reuters/AFP/Ha’aretz)


Jewish settlers take over two buildings in occupied East Jerusalem. (AP/Ma’an/JTA/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)


Egypt invites Palestinian and Israeli officials to continue ceasefire talks. (PNN/Times of Israel)


A poll indicates 75% of Jewish Israelis oppose a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)


PLO Sec. Gen. Abed Rabbo supports Sec. Kerry’s linking the fight against ISIS terrorism to the end of the Israeli occupation. (Ynet)


A Palestinian official says Kerry’s efforts to restart negotiations will not stop them from seeking recognition at the UNSC. (The Media Line)


Israeli officials will testify before the UN in Geneva with regard to their military activities inGaza this summer. (Jerusalem Post)


The Palestinian Legislative Council will hold a session before November 15 to give a vote of confidence to the unity government. (Ma’an)


Hamas criticizes the PA for failing to begin Gaza reconstruction. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)


Hamas has reportedly said it has resumed digging tunnels throughout Gaza. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)


A Palestinian official says PA forces regularly detain people in the occupied West Bank due to their political affiliations. (Ma’an)


Pres. Rivlin says violence is an “epidemic” in Israeli society. (JTA)


A five-year old Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle has died from her injuries. (Ma’an/JTA)


The daughter of Hamas leader Haniyeh is reportedly receiving medical treatment in Israel. (Reuters/JTA/Ha’aretz)


Palestinian citizen of Israel, who worked as a doctor, is killed while fighting for ISIS. (JTA/Ynet)


Israel will supply gas to an Egyptian company. (Times of Israel)


Kerry says the US decided to airdrop weapons to Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS because it would be “irresponsible”and “morally very difficult” not to support them. (AP/New York Times)


Turkey says it will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/The National)


Gen. Allen says military action alone is not sufficient in the fight against ISIS. (The National)


ISIS extremists continue their advance in Iraq’s Anbar province. (Washington Post)


Iraqi lawmakers approve PM al-Abadi’s remaining Cabinet nominees. (AP/New York Times/The National)


The UN says Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014. (AP/Reuters)


A car bombing in Karbala kills 16 people. (AP)


Pres. Obama will reportedly do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on an Iran deal. (New York Times)




Oudeh Basharat says without a two-state solution there will be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)


Sever Plocker say Britain’s recognition of the State of Palestine is a pro-Israel move. (Ynet)


S. Daniel Abraham says within its current borders, Israel is not a Jewish state.(Ha’aretz)


Omar Shaban says donor pledges are not enough for the reconstruction of Gaza. (Al-Monitor)


Uri Savir says the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs the Scandinavian experience at peacemaking and human rights.(Al-Monitor)


Hussein Ibish says it may take years but the tide is slowly beginning to turn against ISIS. (The National)


The National says cutting off ISIS’ sources of funding will be just as important as air strikes against their fighters. (The National)


Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says what’s happening in Syria and Iraq is not a psychological war. (Al Arabiya)


Rami Khouri says he is doubtful about Allen’s plans to develop from scratch new local ground units in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS. (Daily Star)


Fareed Zakaria says Obama should contain ISIS, not escalate against it. (Daily Star)


Raghida Dergham says the anti-ISIS coalition members have conflicting priorities. (Al Arabiya)


Wafiq Al-Samarrai asks what went wrong in Kobani. (Asharq al-Awsat)


Collin Randall looks at why the word “Daesh” disturbs extremists. (The National)


Yuval Steinitz says the US should not make a bad deal with Iran. (New York Times)


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)
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)
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)

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