Daily News Issue Date: 
October 21, 2013


An Israeli committee advances a new law that would greatly restrict negotiations on Jerusalem. (Xinhua)

Israel's chief negotiator Livni is leading the charge to oppose the legislation. (Jerusalem Post)

Pres. Abbas says Israel's demands on Jerusalem are turning the conflict from a political to a religious one. (Ma'an)

Israel will reportedly release a second batch of Palestinian prisoners on Oct. 29. (Xinhua)

Palestinians in Nablus say they are determined to return to normal lives without violence. (Washington Post)

Ex-Shin Bet chief Diskin warns there is no chance of peace given the current Israeli political climate and another intifada is possible. (Jerusalem Post/Times of Israel)

As peaceful protests are declining, fears of another intifada are intensifying. (The National)

Hamas urges the PLO to abandon negotiations with Israel and calls for a new intifada. (Xinhua/AP)

Abbas denies negotiations with Israel are at a dead end. (Times of Israel)

Hamas admits digging a tunnel from Gaza into Israel. (Xinhua/AFP)

Reports claim PM Erdogan is urging Hamas not to make any concessions to Egypt as long as the political situation there remains volatile. (Ha'aretz)

Israel approves a new x-ray cargo inspection facility that should assist the Palestinian economy. (Xinhua)

The mayoral race in Nazareth proves hotly contested. (New York Times)

Israel honors New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a $1 million prize. (AP)

The Arab League announces Syrian peace talks to be held in late November. (Washington Post)

Dozens are killed by a suicide bomber at a cafĂ© in Baghdad. (New York Times/AP)

Dozens are killed by suicide bomber linked to Al Qaeda in Hama. (New York Times)

Egypt's PM condemns deadly attacks on Coptic Christians, especially at a wedding. (AP/AFP)

An Egyptian family rejects an Israeli honor for one of their ancestors. (AP)

E-commerce is hugely expanding throughout the Middle East. (Christian Science Monitor)

Israeli NGOs are quietly distributing aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (Times of Israel)

Bedouin women in Israel are increasingly turning to education for a better future. (The Media Line)



Hussein Ibish looks at the "toxic effects" of political and cultural nostalgia in the Middle East and around the world. (The National)

Aeyal Gross explains why the proposed legislation restricting negotiations on Jerusalem is illegal and undemocratic. (Ha'aretz)

The Jerusalem Post interviews Livni, who reiterates nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. (Jerusalem Post)

Dan Goldenblatt argues it's important to start finding ways to convince settlers of the necessity of peace. (Daily Beast/Open Zion)

Tom Friedman says understanding Middle Eastern politics can help explain Washington dysfunctionality. (New York Times)

Oudeh Basharat looks at panic in Israel about the idea of Jewish women having sex with Arab doctors. (Ha'aretz)

The Washington Post says US policies are doing nothing to stop the Syrian regime attacking its own people. (Washington Post)

The Jerusalem Post says Hamas becoming more desperate, and therefore more dangerous. (The Jerusalem Post)

Miriam Awadallah looks at efforts by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to compete for Iranian support. (Sharnoff's Global Views)

Noah Klieger says Israel should suspend relations with Turkey. (YNet)

Ben Caspit says Israeli-Turkish relations have reached a new low. (Al Monitor)

Joseph Federman says there are signs of a US-Israel rift over Iran. (Times of Israel)

Sharif Nashashibi says Sudan may prove to be "the next Syria." (The National)

Abdullah Iskandar says state fragmentation in Lebanon has reached an all-time low. (Al Hayat)

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed says Turkey is mobilizing against Al Qaeda in Syria but can do much more. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Nasouh Majali says a Geneva conference on Syria would be a step forward, but no solution. (Jordan Times)

Ayman Mustafa says the Muslim Brotherhood persists in trying to use religion to gain political power. (Gulf News)

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