Daily News Issue Date: 
October 20, 2014


Pres. Abbas says legal measures will be taken to prevent Jewish settlers from attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque (AP/Reuters/AFP/Ha’aretz)


Jewish settlers take over two buildings in occupied East Jerusalem. (AP/Ma’an/JTA/Times of Israel/Jerusalem Post)


Egypt invites Palestinian and Israeli officials to continue ceasefire talks. (PNN/Times of Israel)


A poll indicates 75% of Jewish Israelis oppose a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines. (Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)


PLO Sec. Gen. Abed Rabbo supports Sec. Kerry’s linking the fight against ISIS terrorism to the end of the Israeli occupation. (Ynet)


A Palestinian official says Kerry’s efforts to restart negotiations will not stop them from seeking recognition at the UNSC. (The Media Line)


Israeli officials will testify before the UN in Geneva with regard to their military activities inGaza this summer. (Jerusalem Post)


The Palestinian Legislative Council will hold a session before November 15 to give a vote of confidence to the unity government. (Ma’an)


Hamas criticizes the PA for failing to begin Gaza reconstruction. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)


Hamas has reportedly said it has resumed digging tunnels throughout Gaza. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel/Ynet)


A Palestinian official says PA forces regularly detain people in the occupied West Bank due to their political affiliations. (Ma’an)


Pres. Rivlin says violence is an “epidemic” in Israeli society. (JTA)


A five-year old Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle has died from her injuries. (Ma’an/JTA)


The daughter of Hamas leader Haniyeh is reportedly receiving medical treatment in Israel. (Reuters/JTA/Ha’aretz)


Palestinian citizen of Israel, who worked as a doctor, is killed while fighting for ISIS. (JTA/Ynet)


Israel will supply gas to an Egyptian company. (Times of Israel)


Kerry says the US decided to airdrop weapons to Syrian Kurds fighting ISIS because it would be “irresponsible”and “morally very difficult” not to support them. (AP/New York Times)


Turkey says it will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. (Reuters/AP/New York Times/The National)


Gen. Allen says military action alone is not sufficient in the fight against ISIS. (The National)


ISIS extremists continue their advance in Iraq’s Anbar province. (Washington Post)


Iraqi lawmakers approve PM al-Abadi’s remaining Cabinet nominees. (AP/New York Times/The National)


The UN says Iraqi authorities have executed at least 60 people so far in 2014. (AP/Reuters)


A car bombing in Karbala kills 16 people. (AP)


Pres. Obama will reportedly do everything in his power to avoid letting Congress vote on an Iran deal. (New York Times)




Oudeh Basharat says without a two-state solution there will be no peace between Israelis and Palestinians. (Ha’aretz)


Sever Plocker say Britain’s recognition of the State of Palestine is a pro-Israel move. (Ynet)


S. Daniel Abraham says within its current borders, Israel is not a Jewish state.(Ha’aretz)


Omar Shaban says donor pledges are not enough for the reconstruction of Gaza. (Al-Monitor)


Uri Savir says the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs the Scandinavian experience at peacemaking and human rights.(Al-Monitor)


Hussein Ibish says it may take years but the tide is slowly beginning to turn against ISIS. (The National)


The National says cutting off ISIS’ sources of funding will be just as important as air strikes against their fighters. (The National)


Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says what’s happening in Syria and Iraq is not a psychological war. (Al Arabiya)


Rami Khouri says he is doubtful about Allen’s plans to develop from scratch new local ground units in Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS. (Daily Star)


Fareed Zakaria says Obama should contain ISIS, not escalate against it. (Daily Star)


Raghida Dergham says the anti-ISIS coalition members have conflicting priorities. (Al Arabiya)


Wafiq Al-Samarrai asks what went wrong in Kobani. (Asharq al-Awsat)


Collin Randall looks at why the word “Daesh” disturbs extremists. (The National)


Yuval Steinitz says the US should not make a bad deal with Iran. (New York Times)

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