"While Israel continues to accuse the Hamas movement and its leadership of being responsible for the abduction, Palestinian security forces attribute the abduction to the Qawasmeh clan of Hebron specifically. Though the clan is known for identifying with Hamas, it also has a well-earned reputation as troublemakers," writes Shlomi Eldar in Al-Monitor.
"Abbas now faces widespread calls from Israel and abroad to abrogate the unity pact his Fatah party reached with Hamas last April. That agreement led to the formation of a technocratic government that was widely recognized internationally, including by the United States. Yet with today's news, even Israeli leaders on the left are calling on Abbas to disassociate itself from Hamas and the unity agreement," writes CFR's Robert M. Danin.
"The larger question is how long the West Bank status quo will last. No successful national liberation movement has depended so heavily—in the realms of finance, security, diplomacy, and mediation—on the closest ally of its occupier. US funding to the Palestinians is an obstacle to, or excuse for refraining from, just about every means of leverage against Israel that Palestinians might employ," writes Nathan Thrall in the New York Review of Books.
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Hundreds Arrested in Hong Kong Sit-in
Police arrested at least 511 protestors who staged an overnight sit-in (SCMP) following a prodemocracy march that organizers said drew half a million demonstrators on Tuesday.
A Taliban suicide bomber killed eight air force personnel and wounded thirteen others in Kabul on Wednesday (Pajhwok), shattering a period of relative calm in the capital. Meanwhile, the election impasse continues as an official said that preliminary results, due to be released Wednesday, will be delayed until the end of the week (TOLO) as officials review fraud allegations.
Iraq's Kurds are running before walking, writes CFR's Steven Cook.
WHO Calls Emergency Meeting on Ebola
Health ministers from eleven African countries are meeting Wednesday in Accra (BBC) to coordinate with the World Health Organization on a policy to contain the Ebola outbreak, which has infected 763 people so far, claiming 468 lives.
Colombia on Tuesday extradited seven charged in the "express kidnapping" death of an off-duty U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. Human rights organizations fought the order, arguing against U.S. jurisdiction (LAT).
UNITED STATES: Homeland security buses carrying migrant children and families to a San Diego facility faced protests (AP).