Daily News Issue Date: 
October 31, 2014


Israel reopens the Al Aqsa Mosque to Palestinian worshippers amid tight security. (Reuters/New York Times/Ma’an/Times of Israel)

Israel imposes strict restrictions on Palestinian worshippers entering the Al-Aqsa mosque. (Ma’an)

Palestinian youth clash with Israeli police around the Al-Aqsa mosque. (Times of Israel)

Fatah factions call for a “Day of Rage” in Jerusalem. (Times of Israel)

Tensions are rising between Israel and Jordan over Jerusalem. (New York Times/Ynet/Jordan Times)

Some Palestinian youths in Jerusalem are reportedly primed for a new intifada. (Ma’an)

Sec. Kerry says he is worried about the escalation of tensions across Jerusalem. (Ynet/Jerusalem Post)

UNSG Ban urges the UNSC to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more substantively. (JTA)

American officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old city. (JTA)

Kerry says the reported description of PM Netanyahu by unnamed US officials as a “chickenshit” is disgraceful and damaging. (Reuters/JTA/Ynet)

Israel recalls its ambassador from Sweden for “consultations” after that countryrecognizes the State of Palestine. (AFP/Ha’aretz)

Israel allows several trucks of reconstruction material to enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing. (Ma’an)

The UN says the overall situation in Syria is “appalling” and getting worse. (Reuters)

US-led airstrikes hit ISIS positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani. (Reuters)

The Syrian regime criticizes Turkey for allowing help to reach Kobani. (Washington Post)

Gen. Dempsey says the US is considering empowering Sunni tribes in Iraq. (AP/Reuters)

Norway will send 120 soldiers to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS. (AP)

A series of bomb attacks strike a marketplace near Baghdad, killing nine people. (AP)


Hussein Ibish joins David Makovsky on the PBS NewsHour to discuss the tensions in Jerusalem. (PBS, video and transcript)

Nir Hasson looks at how occupied East Jerusalem has become a hub of “lone terrorists” while the West Bank remains relatively calm. (Ha’aretz)

Ron Ben-Yishai looks at how a religious war can be prevented in the Middle East. (Ynet)

Ha’aretz says Israeli officials must act responsibly and stop setting the landscape of Jerusalem alight. (Ha’aretz)

The Daily Star says Palestinians must show themselves to be worthy of support. (Daily Star)

Ben Sales asks if most Israelis think Netanyahu is a “chickenshit.” (JTA)

Ben Caspit asks if relations between Netanyahu and Pres. Obama are about to reach a breaking point. (Al-Monitor)

The National says US-Israeli tensions can help the Palestinians. (The National)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed thanks the Swedish people for recognizing the State of Palestine. (Al Arabiya)

Elhanan Miller interviews Yuval Rabin, the son of late Yitzhak Rabin. (Times of Israel)

Ahmad Majdoubeh says the current Israeli government favours war over peace. (Jordan Times)

The New York Times says the “Muslim world” has a lot to learn from Tunisia. (New York Times)

Fareed Zakaria looks at Tunisia’s success story. (Washington Post)

H.A. Hellyer says Egypt must handle its Sinai problems with “great care.” (The National)

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