Daily News Issue Date: 
December 29, 2014


Palestinians plan to submit a statehood resolution to the UN. (Reuters/Ha'aretz/YNet)

Hamas condemns the Palestinian draft UN resolution.  (Ma'an)

Palestinian youth is reportedly shot dead by Israeli forces near Nablus. (Ma'an/Times of Israel)

Palestinian is injured in a confrontation with Israeli troops in Gaza. (Xinhua/Times of Israel)

Israeli forces open fire on Gaza fishermen. (Ma'an)

Hamas prevents 37 children from Gaza from going on a peace trip to Israel. (New York Times/AP/the Guardian)

Hamas accuses the Palestinian "unity government" of deliberately impeding reconstruction. (Ma'an)

Hamas head Meshal calls for Turkish-Palestinian unity in a surprise speech. (Ha'aretz)

Meshal is also set to visit Tehran. (Ha'aretz)

Eight PA ministers travel to Gaza. (YNet)

Israel is hopeful that the thaw between Egypt and Qatar will restrain Hamas. (Ha'aretz)

A Paris suburb honors jailed Palestinian figure Marwan Barghouti. (JTA)

An American arrested in Israel for seeking to destroy Muslim holy places in Jerusalem will be held until trial. (AP)

An anti-Arab group poses a legal and political dilemma for Israel. (Reuters)

In the battle against ISIS, the US is targeting its psychology. (New York Times)

Observers say ISIS has executed 2,000 people in the past six months. (Reuters)

Syrian government forces step up their attacks on ISIS-held areas. (BBC)

The capture of a pilot may threaten Jordan's role in the fight against ISIS. (Christian Science Monitor)

Iraqis wonder what's coming next in their fractured country. (Reuters)

suicide attack on a funeral in Iraq kills 15. (AP)

Iran holds a funeral for a general killed in Iraq. (AP)

Pres. Obama doesn't rule out establishing an embassy in Iran. (AP)

A "chaotic stalemate" emerges in Syria. (New York Times)

The Syrian regime turns to harsh measures to build up its army. (Washington Post)

Egypt upholds a "debauchery" conviction in a crackdown against gays. (Los Angeles Times/AP)

Militants kill a policeman in Egypt. (AP)

The leading opposition figure is arrested in Bahrain. (BBC/Asharq Al Awsat)

Extremist groups are escalating their attacks in Libya. (The National)

Libyan officials say Islamist militias are seeking complete control of the country's oil supplies. (Asharq Al Awsat)


Hussein Ibish says Roger Cohen's recounting of Tzipi Livni's account of peace talks failure ignores the American narrative. (The National)

Uri Savir says the US and Europe will offer Israel the Palestinians economic inducements for peace. (Al Monitor)

The Media Line interviews PA Deputy PM Mustafa, who says it's high time for independence from Israel. (The Media Line)

J.J. Goldberg says Israel cannot afford to ignore the world any longer. (The Forward)

Ha'aretz says razing the Amona outpost is merely returning what was stolen. (Ha'aretz)

Mshari Al-Zaydi looks at "Jordan's ISIS Dilemma." (Asharq Al Awsat)

Eyad Abu Shakra says Tunisia is again an Arab pioneer with its free presidential election. (Asharq Al Awsat)

Khales Joumah asks if the Kurdish victory at Sinjar has turned the tide of ISIS war. (The Daily Beast)

Hisham Melhem says 2014 meant despair and disintegration for the Arabs. (Al Arabiya)

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