Daily News Issue Date: 
September 27, 2013


The UN releases the full text of Pres. Abbas' address to the UNGA this year. (UN)

Abbas criticizes Israeli policies, but says Palestinians are committed to peace with Israel in the next nine months. (Washington Post/AP)

Abbas insists any agreement must be permanent, not interim. (AFP/Ha'aretz)

An Israeli cabinet minister denounces Abbas' speech. (Times of Israel)

Egypt launches a major military campaign in Sinai just south of the crossing with Gaza. (Ma'an)

Hamas detains members of a Fatah-related armed group. (Ma'an)

Human Rights Watch urges Israel to stop displacing its Bedouin citizens. (YNet)

Palestinians say Israeli destruction of groves has resulted in a 60% deficit in olive production this year. (PNN)

The permanent members of the UN Security Council agree on a resolution on Syria's chemical weapons. (New York Times/Reuters)

Israel's Home Defense Minister urges an intensification of sanctions on Iran. (Jerusalem Post)

Ha'aretz profiles a planned large Israeli settlement in the occupied Golan Heights that never really got going. (Ha'aretz)

Self-described "Christian Zionists" are particularly interested in visiting and supporting Israeli settlements. (Christian Science Monitor)

UNSG Ban urges support as the UN agency aiding Palestinians faces "unprecedented" challenges. (UN)

Gaza students are among the most effected by the closing of the Egyptian border. (Al Monitor)

Israel and China establish a joint research center. (Al Monitor)


George Hishmeh says the US should be held to its commitment to a two-state solution. (Jordan Times)

Al-Sayed Amin Shalabi says the US will make sure Israeli-Palestinian talks are a success, one way or another. (Al-Ahram Weekly)

The Jerusalem Post condemns Pres. Obama for making Israeli-Palestinian peace a centerpiece of his policy. (Jerusalem Post)

Shimon Koffler Fogel says if Israelis and Palestinians are going to get it right this time, they must learn the lessons of Oslo. (Toronto Star)

Rebecca Shimoni Stoil looks at the way Israelis and Palestinians sit at the UN. (Times of Israel)

Roger Cohen says the US and Iran should seize a rare opportunity for diplomatic progress. (New York Times)

The New York Times sees the UN agreement on Syria as a sign of limited progress. (New York Times)

Ari Shavit says PM Netanyahu should push for a total suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran. (Ha'aretz)

Mazal Mualem says Netanyahu seems incapable of adapting his position towards Iran. (Al Monitor)

Shlomi Eldar says Israel needs to put Pres. Rouhani to the test. (Al Monitor)

Lior Akerman says Israel's internal security is largely successful at thwarting planned attacks. (Jerusalem Post)

Avi Issacharoff says "lone wolf" killers in the occupied territories present an impossible challenge to Israeli security. (Times of Israel)

J.J. Goldberg says the recent "lone wolf" killings of two Israeli soldiers were isolated incidents. (The Forward)

Stephen Holden and  Susan King separately review "Out in the Dark," a new film about a gay relationship between an Israeli and a Palestinian. (New York Times/Los Angeles Times)

Hicham Yezza remembers Edward Said on the 10th anniversary of his death. (Open Democracy)

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