Daily News Issue Date: 
December 2, 2014


Palestine’s UN Amb. Mansour says the Security Council will review the Palestine resolution “soon.” (AFP/Times of Israel)

French lawmakers will vote today on a motion urging the government to recognize the State of Palestine. (AFP/Jerusalem Post)

Pres. Putin writes a letter to Pres. Abbas and says he will continue promoting the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli negotiation process. (Ha’aretz)

Quartet Envoy Blair says the key to resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is “cultural acceptance across the boundaries of faith.” (Jerusalem Post)

Egyptian authorities close the Rafah crossing after it was open for two days to allowPalestinians stranded in Egypt to return home. (Ma’an/PNN)

Israeli occupation forces detain seven Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP)

The PA confirms its ban on purchasing used cars from Israel. (Ma’an)

Israel appears to be headed toward an early election after PM Netanyahu and and hismajor centrist coalition partners failed to patch up differences. (Reuters/AP/AFP/JTA/Times of Israel)

Jordan arrests 20 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of planning attacks on Israelis. (Times of Israel)

Israel’s Transportation Ministry is seeking to recruit women who are Palestinian citizens of Israel to drive the vehicles. (Ha’aretz)

Lebanese officials say they have detained the wife and son of the leader of ISIS al-Baghdadi. (AP/Reuters/New York Times/The National) 

The Iraqi government reaches a formal agreement with the KRG to end a protracteddispute over oil exports. (Reuters/AP/New York Times)

Yazidi girls are training to take on ISIS extremists from Sinjar Mountain. (The National)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syria's civil war has killed more than 200,000 people. (AFP)

The UN says the Syrian regime must disclose documents about its chemical weapons program and grant full access to inspectors. (Reuters)

AP looks at the battle inside Kobani. (AP)

King Abdullah of Jordan will meet with Pres. Obama on Dec. 5 in Washington. (Jordan Times)

Egypt’s Public Prosecutor says he has appealed against a court decision to drop charges against former Pres. Mubarak. (Reuters)

Assistant Sec. of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski is planning to return to Bahrain, five months after he was ordered to leave the country. (New York Times)

Putin says South Stream, a major project to deliver natural gas to Europe, will be redirected through Turkey. (New York Times)


The Jordan Times says the UN must help find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  (Jordan Times)

Gregg Carlstrom says Israel has revived its policy of demolishing Palestinian homes, even though there’s no evidence it deters future attacks. (Foreign Policy)

Ha’aretz says the educational model developed by the Jerusalem bilingual school needs greater support. (Ha’aretz)

Elhanan Miller says Abbas has effectively closed the door on negotiations with Israel. (Times of Israel)

Sara Hirschhorn says Israel’s left, center and right all have strong reasons to exploit the debate about whether a third intifada is already here. (Ha’aretz)

Efraim Halevy says Israel needs a new strategy for Jerusalem. (Ynet)

Shlomi Eldar looks at “Hamas’ bureau” in Turkey. (Al-Monitor)

Akiva Eldar says the proposed “Jewish nation-state” bill negates Palestinian self-determination. (Al-Monitor)

J.J. Goldberg looks what an early ballot means for Israel. (Jewish Daily Forward)

Linda Gradstein reviews the play “The Wave” which is sparking questions among Arabs and Jews in Israel. (The Media Line)

Faisal Al Yafai says the Syrian refugee crisis is having a huge impact on the Middle East. (The National)

The National says the international community must act on the Syrian refugee crisis. (The National)

The Daily Star says the revelation by PM al-Abadi that 50,000 “ghost soldiers” were on the payroll is a “bombshell announcement.” (Daily Star)

Diana Moukalled says Hezbollah’s secrecy over its role in the Syrian conflict poses further challenges and dangers for Lebanon. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Abdul Rahman Al Rashed says Mubarak was an “authoritarian, stubborn and deceitful man” but he wasn’t blood-thirsty. (Al Arabiya)

The New York Times says Mubarak’s acquittal may have closed the final chapter on the Arab Spring. (New York Times)

The UAE is a “shining example” for the Middle East and the world. (Al Arabiya)

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