Daily News Issue Date: 
December 16, 2014


FM al-Maliki says the PA may submit a French initiative to the UN on ending Israel's occupation. (Ma’an/Times of Israel)

The PA reportedly does not have the majority needed to approve a UN Security Council resolution. (JTA/Ha’aretz)

Sec. Kerry meets with Palestinian Chief Negotiator Erekat in London(AFP/Ha’aretz/Jerusalem Post)

PM Netanyahu and former Pres. Peres ask Pres. Hollande and FM Fabius to delay any UN resolution on Mideast peace. (Ha’aretz)

Netanyahu says European support for Palestinians “endangers Israel.” (Ynet)

Israeli occupation forces kill a Palestinian man during an arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. (Reuters/AP/Ma’an/JTA/Times of Israel)

Palestine’s UN Amb. Mansour makes his first address to the ICC. (AFP)

Kerry says no one should interfere in Israeli elections. (AP)

Hamas leader Meshaal says Palestinian reconciliation progress is not “satisfying.” (Ma’an)

A poll indicates most Israelis see a crisis in US-Israel relations. (JTA)

An Israeli official says an exercise meant to test an advanced missile defense systemdeveloped with the US has failed. (AP/Ha’aretz)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says  around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters were killed during a two-day battle. (Reuters/New York Times)

FM Lavrov says Russia is “optimistic” on Syria peace talks early next year. (Reuters)

Iraq’s government withholds salaries to “ghost soldiers.” (The National)

Spain arrests seven men accused of recruiting women for ISIS. (Reuters)

France arrests 10 people in a series of raids aimed at dismantling a recruitment and transportation network for would-be jihadists wanting to reach Syria. (New York Times)

Iran says bilateral nuclear talks with the US were proceeding in a “good atmosphere.” (Reuters)


Aaron David Miller asks if Pres. Obama and Kerry should try to shape the next Israeli elections. (Foreign Policy)

Akiva Eldar says Europeans are changing the rules of the game on Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Al-Monitor)

Raphael Ahren says the European UN proposal will probably include a reference to Israel as a “Jewish state.” (Times of Israel)

Salman Masalha calls on Palestinian citizens of Israel to boycott the elections. (Ha’aretz)

The Jewish Daily Forward looks at who earns what at America’s biggest Jewish non-profits. (Jewish Daily Forward)

The New York Times says Egypt could receive $1.3 billion in American military aid regardless of whether its government continues with its authoritarian ways. (New York Times)

Ranj Alaaldin says Iraq’s peshmerga must be unified. (New York Times)

Hussein Shobokshi says dealing with Syrian refugees is not a political issue but a moral, humanitarian, and social one. (Asharq al-Awsat)

Khaled Almaeena says Saudi Arabia’s new Cabinet ministers must lead
from the front. (Al Arabiya)


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