Daily News Issue Date: 
December 4, 2014


FranceGermany and Britain are reportedly drafting a UNSC resolution outlining the principles of an Israeli-Palestinian final-status deal. (PNN/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel)

An Israeli local council says it will spend millions of dollars on a settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. (AFP)

The US is reportedly examining taking action against the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz/Times of Israel) 

Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis in a supermarket in the occupied West Bank. (Washington Post/New York Times/Ma’an/JTA)

The EU will contribute €23.5 million to the payment of November salaries and pensions of 68,500Palestinian civil servants. (PNN)

Some British lawmakers call for economic sanctions and boycotts on Israel. (JTA)

The Australian Parliament debates the recognition of the State of Palestine. (Ha’aretz)

The UN has begun clearing 2.5 million tons of rubble from Gaza. (AP) 

Israeli occupation forces detain 13 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. (Ma’an)

Pres. Rivlin hosts the students of attacked Jerusalem Jewish-Arab school. (Ha’aretz/Ynet)

Congress passes US-Israel Strategic Partnership bill. (AP/Ha’aretz/Times of Israel) 

Gaza’s hospitals are facing serious problems as unpaid cleaning workers go on strike. (Ma’an)

Hamas denies the presence of ISIS in Gaza. (Times of Israel)

The US-led coalition says it is inflicting “heavy damage” on ISIS. (Washington Post)

ISIS extremists launch an attack on a Syrian army base in Deir al-Zor. (Reuters/AP)

Pres. Assad says the Syrian war will be “long and difficult.” (Reuters)

A second group of 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces have entered the Syrian border town ofKobani. (Reuters)

American Gen. Rodriguez says ISIS has set up training camps in Eastern Libya. (AP/The National)

Australia will now block its citizens from travelling to overseas conflict zones such as Iraq and Syria. (Reuters)

Iran extends the imprisonment of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. (New York Times)

King Abdullah of Jordan continues his meetings with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. (Jordan Times)


Sayed Kashua says Israel’s proposed “Jewish nation-state” bill confirms that Palestinian citizens of Israel are not welcome. (Foreign Policy)

Moshel Apelblat says Europe’s decision to recognize the State of Palestine is a right decision but at the wrong time. (Ha’aretz)

Ben Sales says in the new Israeli elections, security issues will return to the fore. (JTA)

Gershom Gorenberg previews Israel’s next election campaigns. (Ha’aretz)

Shlomi Eldar says voter apathy is expected to linger among Palestinian citizens of Israel in the next election. (Al-Monitor)

The Jordan Times says PM Netanyahu accepts no opposition. (Jordan Times)

Alan Philps says the US is pursuing a “phantom policy of containment” against ISIS.  (The National)

The National says a unified Iraq is the best pushback against ISIS extremists. (The National)

Joyce Karam looks at the different reports regarding the arrest of ISIS’ leader al-Baghdadi’s wife. (Al Arabiya)

H.A. Hellyer says Tunisia’s new parliament is a powerful symbol of hope. (The National)

Michael Young says the primary defender of domestic peace and cross-border threats in Lebanon is the army not Hezbollah. (Daily Star)

Eyad Abu Shakra says Lebanon is “ill-equipped” to survive the consequences of the Syrian war. (Asharq al-Awsat)

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