Daily News Issue Date: 
December 18, 2014


Jordan formally submits to the UNSC a draft resolution calling for an end to Israel’s occupation by the end of 2017. (Reuters/AP/New York

Text of the UNSC draft resolution is released. (Ha’aretz)

Pres. Abbas says he supports further negotiations over the UN draft resolution. (AP/Times of Israel)

FM Lieberman calls the UN Palestinian resolution a “gimmick.” (Reuters/Ha’aretz)

Economy Minister Bennett says Palestinians’ behavior shows they’re “not worthy of a state.” (Jerusalem Post)

EU Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini says Hamas must remain on the terror list. (Times of Israel)

Israeli occupation forces shoot and injure a Palestinian man near Nablus. (Ma’an)

The New York Times looks at why Israeli border police are increasingly becoming the focus of anger. (New York Times)

Israeli naval forces open fire at fishing boats off the coast of Gaza. (Ma’an)

As US fighter jets strike ISIS targets in Syria, Washington's coalition allies appear increasingly absent from the air war.

The US is penalizing companies for providing fuel to Syrian forces.
(New York Times)

PM al-Abadi orders the withdrawal of all government lawsuits against journalists and media outlets. (AP)

A new constituency law in Egypt sets stage for the long-awaited parliamentary elections. (Reuters)


Mariam Barghouti says a cab ride around Ramallah  reveals a depressed and resentful people. (New York Times)

Raed Omari says Palestinians should postpone their bid at the UN. (Al Arabiya)

Gideon Levy says the US must support the French resolution to the UNSC to bring about an end to the occupation within two years. (Ha’aretz)

Yossi Shain asks if the US will veto the UN Palestinian resolution. (Ynet)

The Daily Star says Sec. Kerry should ensure Israelis recognize and respect international law. (Daily Star)

Don Futterman says Israel should recognize a Palestinian state. (Ha’aretz)

Eytan Gilboa says an American intervention in Israeli elections will achieve the opposite result. (Ynet)

Ha’aretz says DM Ya’alon’s recent statements and decisions prove he is not fit to serve as defense minister. (Ha’aretz)

Asmaa al-Ghoul asks who is targeting the French cultural center in Gaza. (Al-Monitor)

Elizabeth Dickinson asks what happened to Arab liberalism after the Arab Spring. (Politico)

Eyad Abu Shakra looks at the plan for Syria by UN Envoy de Mistura.
(Asharq al-Awsat)

Vali Nasr says a nuclear deal with Iran is the key to an American strategy to resolve the region’s rivalries. (New York Times)

Joyce Karam says Iran is unlikely to be "another Cuba" for Pres. Obama.
(Al Arabiya)

Miriam Awadallah profiles Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. (Annahar)

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