* ISIS strikes in Berlin, Jordan - and Mosul too The city of Berlin and the Jordanian Crusader town of Karaka are 3,000km apart, but the distance did not stop Islamic State killers from taking 26 lives, inuring 18 others, some very seriously,in the two countries, and causing the Israeli Dalia Elkayam to disappear.
* Hugh Fitzgerald: Sunnis and Shi'a at the OK Corral A senior leader of the Iranian army has mocked Gulf Arab states for their disappointment in Syria and threatened that after the victory in Aleppo it would be the turn of places such as Bahrain, Yemen and Iraq's Mosul.
* Official: Low chance of war against Israel in 2017 Neither Hamas, which has lost international support, nor Hezbollah, mired in Syrian war, is interested in war, says army assessment.
* Russian ambassador's assassin 'guarded Recep Tayyip Erdogan' The Turkish policeman who murdered Russia's ambassador to Ankara provided security to Turkey's president multiple times in the run up to Monday's assassination, it has bean claimed.
* There's more than one way to move a US embassy Op-ed: You can announce the relocation as an in-your-face rejection of all non-Israeli claims to Jerusalem. Or you can highlight the fact that the site is in pre-1967, ostensibly non-disputed Israeli West Jerusalem, and assert that its opening prejudges nothing. And a whole host of other ideas besides.
* Israeli forces secure Jerusalem for tens of thousands ahead of Christmas "We provide security for all those traveling to the Old City and Bethlehem, including for the thousands of Christian Palestinians, to ensure they have access."
* Rare coin from King Antiochus's rule discovered in Jerusalem Antiochus sparked the Maccabean revolt that led to the victory of the Maccabees and reclaiming of the Temple.
* Jerusalem Municipality provides Christmas trees for Christians Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Dov Kalmanovitz says he is not averse to providing Christmas trees for Christian residents of the city.
* World Jewry prepares to light up for Hanukkah The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins the night of December 24 and lasts for eight days, and if you're traveling or vacationing during the holiday, there may be a menorah lighting near you.
* Raymond Ibrahim: Christian Worship Is 'Worse than Murder and Bloodshed' For an idea on why Egypt's Coptic Christians and their churches are constantly under attack-most recently last Sunday, when a church was bombed, killing at least 25 Christians.