Daily News Issue Date: 
October 17, 2013


Peace Now says settlement construction is up 70% compared to last year. (AFP)

Pres. Peres says "the status quo with the Palestinians cannot go on." (Xinhua/Times of Israel)

Israel's chief negotiator Livni urges the Labor Party to join the Netanyahu government for the sake of peace. (Jerusalem Post)

Arms supplies to Gaza are being severely disrupted by the Egyptian blockade. (Al Monitor)

Despite economic hardships and blockades, Palestinians in Gaza find joy in the Eid al-Adhaholiday. (Al Monitor)

Palestinians seems set to continue boycotting Jerusalem elections. (Ha'aretz)

Settlers attack Palestinian vehicles near Nablus. (Ma'an)

sensory room for stress relief, especially for disabled children, is being built in Gaza. (The Media Line)

An ambulance dispatch center for Israeli settlers faces cutbacks. (YNet)

Protesters opposing the Israeli military-designated "Firing Zone 918" in the occupied West Bank promote nonviolent resistance. (PNN)

Hezbollah reportedly captures an Israeli "spy eagle" in Lebanon. (Jerusalem Post)

The Egyptian army destroys another smuggling tunnel in Rafah. (Ma'an)

Syria's deputy PM says a Geneva peace conference is planned for Nov. 23-24. (Reuters/AP)

More Syrian armed rebels say they have split with the mainstream exiled political opposition. (AP/Los Angeles times)

Amnesty International urges Egypt to end its policy of detaining and deporting Syrian refugees. (AP)

Pres. Obama plans to host Iraq's PM at the White House on Nov. 1. (AP)

Egypt's FM says his country's relationship with the US is "in turmoil" and "disruption."(AP/Xinhua/Los Angeles Times)

Egypt's new government pledges to protect Coptic Christians from attacks and preserve their heritage. (Times of Israel)

Britain and Iran are moving to restore diplomatic relations. (Times of Israel)


Eyad Abu Shakra asks if the apparent US decline in the Middle East is a matter of declining will or a real loss of power. (Asharq Al Awsat)

The Jerusalem Post interviews academic Sami Miaari on how Palestinians vote in Israeli municipal elections. (Jerusalem Post)

Jonathan Rosen says an agreement with Palestinians on borders would be a success for Israel and PM Netanyahu. (Jerusalem Post)

Kathleen Peratis says BDS can promote a two-state solution. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Amos Harel says Netanyahu wants the West to pressure Iran, but will compromise if necessary. (Ha'aretz)

Akiva Eldar asks how long Israel will be able to keep its own nuclear weapons off the table. (Al Monitor)

Ari Shavit describes a grand bargain involving a freeze on settlements, Iran's nuclear program and talk of bi-nationalism. (Ha'aretz)

Gideon Levy says Iran is starting to get the better of Israel internationally. (Ha'aretz)

Amira Hass claims Hamas has the right to build smuggling tunnels. (Ha'aretz)

Gilad Kariv says in addition to his work on peace, the late PM Rabin wanted to promote equal rights for Arab citizens. (YNet)

Eitan Haber says Rabin admitted he didn't know everything and wasn't always right, unlike Israel's present leaders. (YNet)

Yonah Jeremy Bob asks if Israel should redefine war crimes. (Jerusalem Post)

David Ignatius says Turkey revealed the names of Israeli spies to Iran last year. (Washington Post)

Michael Young says Syrian opposition divisions and rejection of Geneva only help Pres. Assad. (The National)

The National says Assad is using hunger as a weapon of war against his own people. (The National)

Ursula Lindsey looks at the plight of Syrian refugees in Egypt. (New York Times)

Douglas Bloomfield says the government shutdown will keep Jewish-American solidly in the Democratic camp for many years. (Jerusalem Post)

Asharq Al-Awsat interviews the foreign policy chief of the Iraqi KRG, Falah Mustafa, on federalism and more. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

George Semaan asks if Libya is going back to the 50s, or even earlier. (Al Hayat)

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