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This is our last roundup of 2013.
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Top News and Analysis
At a Likud faction meeting, Netanyahu responded for the first time to reports of American spying, calling for an inquiry.
The great US-Israel rift that isn’t, LA Times
Haim Saban writes, “Despite the heated rhetoric, the pillars that have anchored America's most important alliance in the Middle East for more than six decades are just as firmly rooted today as they have ever been.”
An Israeli policeman stationed near Ramallah was stabbed by a Palestinian assailant , sustaining moderate wounds.
Israeli man severely wounded by sniper fire from Gaza, Times of Israel
The man was repairing a section of the Israel-Gaza border fence damaged in last week’s storm.
Abbas said he was committed to ‘bringing a just peace to the region.’
Israel to Abbas: No, Jesus was not a Palestinian, Times of Israel
The Israeli Foreign Ministry harshly criticized President Abbas for calling Jesus a Palestinian in his holiday message.
The defense establishment prefers not to draft thousands of ultra-Orthodox when a bill that would allow that community to defer army service is still being considered in the Knesset.
After declaring itself the country’s first ‘Open Hillel’, Swarthmore’s Hillel has seen a rise in attendance.
The interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating an attack that killed 12 and wounded more than 100. The Brotherhood condemned the attack.
Samer Issawi, whose hunger strike lasted from August 2012 to April 2013, was released .
Opinion and Analysis
Polling Reveals Consensus Support for Iran Nuclear Deal, Think Progress
Matt Duss takes a look at the polling that’s been done on the Geneva Agreement with Iran.
Where’s the anti-war left on Iran?, Daily Beast
"The American left is very good at punishing politicians for supporting disastrous wars,” Peter Beinart argues. “Its challenge in 2014 is to show that it can stop politicians from promoting those wars in the first place.”
Keeping quiet will help Pollard, Haaretz
The Haaretz editorial board argues that public diplomacy on Jonathan Pollard is aimed at Israeli voters and is counterproductive to securing his release.