Daily News Issue Date: 
November 20, 2013


UN political chief Feltman says peace talks are "at a delicate moment," and settlement construction is particularly damaging the process. (Xinhua/AP)l

Israel's newly reinstated FM Lieberman says Palestinians can't achieve peace in the foreseeable future. (Ha'aretz)

Lieberman also says it's time for Israel to look for other allies than the United States. (Jerusalem Post)

Israeli warplanes strike three targets in Gaza after a rocket was launched into southern Israel. (Xinhua)

Israeli forces detain 25 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. (Ma'an)

Palestinians say dozens were injured in clashes with Israeli occupation forces near Jenin. (PNN)

A Bedouin village asks an Israeli court to halt the planned demolition of their town. (Ha'aretz)

Egypt again closes the Gaza crossing due to computer glitches, after the first aid convoy since the overthrow of former Pres. Morsi passes through it. (Ma'an)

UNRWA says almost all Gaza projects are halted due to Israeli restrictions. (Times of Israel)

Israeli occupation forces demolish a water tank and agricultural structure near Nablus. (Ma'an)

Some Israelis are pushing for the formal implementation of unilaterally declared new borders with the Palestinians. (New York Times)

Brandeis University suspends its partnership with Al-Quds University after some students stage a Nazi-style protest there. (JTA)

Al-Quds University head Sari Nusseibeh condemns the demonstration and says he hopes Brandeis will reconsider. (Times of Israel)
Israel says it has successfully tested a new missile defense system. (AP)

Two Israeli soldiers are wounded when they accidentally explode a device near the Lebanese border. (Ha'aretz)

Hamas allows Al-Arabiya news to reopen its bureau in Gaza. (Xinhua)

The Forward profiles a Chicago Rabbi, Brant Rosen, who is a strong critic of Israel's policies. (The Forward)

PM Netanyahu visits Russia to lobby against a pending potential agreement with Iran. (Reuters/Xinhua)

Russia says it's optimistic about a deal with Iran. (Reuters)

France says recent comments by Iranian leaders complicate the prospects for a nuclear agreement. (AP/Times of Israel)

Iran supreme leader says Israel is "doomed to destruction." (YNet)

Iran proposes new language on some delicate issues in the nuclear talks. (Los Angeles Times)

10 Egyptian soldiers are killed by militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (New York Times/AP)

Israel denies any involvement in the bomb attack on the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. (Xinhua)

The bomb attack in Beirut appears to signal a new phase of spillover from the Syrian conflict into Lebanon. (New York Times)

Suicide bombers attack Syrian troops in the battle for the strategically crucial Qalamoun mountains. (AP)

The United States is considering destroying Syria's chemical weapons at sea. (New York Times)

At least 37 people are killed in another wave of deadly attacks in Iraq. (New York Times/AP/BBC)

Libyans stage another day of protests against abusive, uncontrolled militias. (AP)


Gilead Sher says Israel should begin planning West Bank evacuations now rather than wait for the inevitable. (Ha'aretz)

Omar Shaban asks what's needed to solve Gaza's electricity crisis. (Al Monitor)

Tamim Khallaf says the challenge facing the Arab world now is narrowing the gap between rulers and the governed. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Hazem Saghieh says, if France really is trying to step into a vacuum left by the US, it's just doing what Arabs have called for. (Al Hayat)

Ben Caspit says Israel, Egypt and the Gulf states all fear American "betrayal." (Al Monitor)

Michael Doran says US relations with its Middle East allies are in "free fall." (Brookings)

Elias Harfoush says Pres. Hollande could have obtained concessions from Israel on the occupation during his recent trip, but failed. (Al Hayat)

Amos Harel says with Hezbollah fighting in Syria, the Beirut bombing shows Lebanon pays the price. (Ha'aretz)

Joyce Karam says the demon of suicide bombing has finally arrived in Lebanon. (Al Arabiya)

An anonymous author asks if the embassy bombing means the Iraqi model is coming to Lebanon. (Al Monitor)

The Daily Star says only Lebanese unity can prevent the country's disintegration into anarchy. (The Daily Star)

Mitch Ginsburg asks what the real target of the Beirut bombing was. (Times of Israel)

Thomas Friedman says the US should do everything possible to achieve a reasonable nuclear agreement with Iran. (New York Times)

Zvi Bar'el says Iran is in dire need of a nuclear deal with the P5+1. (Ha'aretz)

James Reynolds looks at the prospects for a nuclear deal with Iran. (BBC)

David Horovitz says, even if unsure of US backing, Israel will strike Iran if it feels compelled to. (Times of Israel)

Efraim Halevy says Israel should be involved in every negotiation that affects its future. (YNet)

Rami Khouri says the new book, "The Syria Dilemma," helps explain the conflict from different points of view. (The Daily Star)

Osama Al Sharif says Libya is turning into a failed state. (Jordan Times)

Hussein Ibish asks if the Libyan people's uprising against militias can possibly succeed. (NOW)

Richard Spencer looks at the growing insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. (Daily Telegraph)

Ranj Alaaldin says stability is the key to a Kurdish future of prosperity. (The National)

Elizabeth Dickinson says Kuwait's opposition is down, but not out. (Foreign Policy)

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