Daily News Issue Date: 
December 10, 2013


Israel, Jordan and the PA sign a historic agreement on water cooperation. (Washington Post/Los Angeles Times)

Sec. Kerry is again headed to the Middle East and Asia, as both parties warn of possible "failure."(AP/AFP)

The US' Israeli-Palestinian security proposal reportedly allows Israel a 10 year military presence in the Jordan Valley. (Ha'aretz)

Both sides have voiced doubts about the proposal. (Jerusalem Post)

A new poll shows a majority of both Israelis and Palestinians favor a two-state solution if the other side does too. (USIP)

PM Netanyahu and Pres. Peres are both mistakenly listed as in attendance at Nelson Mandela's funeral. (Times of Israel)

Jewish Israeli extremists conduct a "price tag" attack against Palestinians inside northern Israel.(Xinhua/Ma'an/YNet)

Israeli settlers attack a Palestinian park near Nablus. (Ma'an)

Israeli occupation forces destroy a Palestinian home and several other structures near Nablus. (Ma'an)

Israel army recruits tour the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. (Ma'an)

The New York Times prepare a map of Bedouin villages in Israel facing forced relocation. (New York Times)

Israel will allow building materials into Gaza, but only for UN projects. (New York Times)

PM Hamdallah says the PA is working on an access to information law. (PNN)

Some Palestinians seem to embrace Mandela more as a fighter than a peacemaker, at least for now. (Christian Science Monitor)

Hamas leader Zahar says his organization renewed ties with Iran following Pres. Rouhani's election. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)

The Gaza energy crisis has electricity operating for a quarter of every day. (The Media Line)

Al Jazeera reportedly fired a journalist for questioning its murder theory about the death of the late Pres. Arafat. (Washington Free Beacon)

Israel is now a leading manufacturer of drone aircraft. (The Media Line)

Swarthmore's Hillel, in defiance of the broader organization, rejects prohibiting BDS and other controversial speech. (JTA)

PM Netanyahu explains what Israel seeks in a broader international agreement with Iran. (Xinhua)

The Syrian army is attacking rebels in mountains near Lebanon. (AP)

A Spanish daily says to its journalists have been kidnapped in Syria. (AP/BBC)

Iraqi forces clash with militias near the Syrian border. (New York Times)

Urban inflation in Egypt is soaring, adding to risks of social unrest. (Reuters)

A US drone strike kills three Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. (AP)

Saudi Arabia urges the GCC to stick together for security reasons. (AFP)

Iran and the UAE are reportedly close to deal on the Hormuz Islands. (Defense News)


Jeffrey Goldberg says, if Israelis don't think they have a Palestinian peace partner, they have nothing to lose by making the most forthcoming peace offer possible. (Bloomberg)

Nahum Barnea says the American security proposal has robbed Netanyahu of his most cherished excuses against peace. (YNet)

Ha'aretz says Israel's opposition to Kerry's security proposal is based purely on ideology. (Ha'aretz)

The Daily Star calls the American security proposal "a bad deal" for the Palestinians. (The Daily Star)

Shlomi Eldar thinks Kerry has a reason for his often-repeated optimism on Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Al Monitor)

Aeyal Gross says Israel's closing of the investigation into the death of a Palestinian protester shows its disregard for human rights. (Ha'aretz)

Khaled Diab says it would take more than a leader of Mandela's character to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Ha'aretz)

Bradley Burston says Netanyahu has shown what kind of person he is by declining to attend Mandela's funeral. (Ha'aretz)

Sima Kadmon says Netanyahu's excuse that traveling to  South Africa would cost too much is an insult to the intelligence. (YNet)

Zvi Bar'el says Netanyahu is just using Iran to put off peace with the Palestinians. (Ha'aretz)

Mazal Mualem says Netanyahu has left himself few diplomatic options. (Al Monitor)

Victor Kotsev says the walls are closing in on Hamas. (The Daily Star)

Naela Khalil says the concern about Al Qaeda sympathizers in the West Bank is more about the future than the present. (Al Monitor)

Debra Kamin asks if Israel and Qatar can learn to be friends again. (Times of Israel)

Ari Briggs says Israel is just trying to enforce law and order on Bedouins. (Jerusalem Post)

AP interviews the head of the Egyptian Constitution-drafting committee, Amr Mousa. (AP)

Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), urges Israel and others to join the chemical weapons treaty. (Reuters)

Richard Cohen looks at Ari Shavit’s new book about Israel, good and bad. (Washington Post)

Doyle McManus says Kerry is emerging as the unexpected star of the second term Obama White House. (Los Angeles Times)

Douglas Brinkley says Kerry has a simple doctrine: go big or go home. (Foreign Policy)

Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed says the focus of the Damascus dictatorship and its allies has been and remains to crush the Free Syrian Army. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Leon Panetta says he regrets the lack of a US strike on Syrian targets, among other misgivings. (Foreign Policy)

Elliott Higgins completely dismisses Seymour Hersh's recent article alleging chemical weapons used by Syrian rebels. (Foreign Policy)

Frank Kane interviews prominent Qatari royal Sheikh Mohamed bin Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani. (The National)

Madawi Al-Rasheed says Omani rejection of the proposed GCC union adds insult to injury for Saudi Arabia. (Al Monitor)

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi says the peoples of the Gulf should unite to face an uncertain future. (Arab News)

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla says it's become impossible for the Gulf states to trust the US to way they used to. (Gulf News)

Asharq Al-Awsat interviews Libya's PM Zeidan (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Maxim Suchkov asks if Russia is preparing to exploit Kurdish issues for its own purposes. (Al Monitor)

Faisal Al Yafai says political lobbying by Arabs in the West must start of the grassroots. (The National)

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