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Baby Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Baby Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror struck Jerusalem when a Palestinian man deliberately drove his car into a crowd of people at a light rail station. A three-month-old baby was killed and nine other people were injured in the attack. The driver, Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, was shot by police while trying to flee on foot and

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IDF Under Fire Along Egyptian Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Breaking news: As today’s roundup went to press, there were early reports of an IDF patrol along the Egyptian border coming under fire. The IDF confirmed that two soldiers were injured. The army returned fire on the unknown assailants. Egyptian forces reportedly clashed with the presumably same gunmen. The IDF is trying to

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Can the Palestinian Authority Survive Without the IDF?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas may threaten to end security cooperation with Israel, but can the Palestinian Authority survive without the IDF? Whether the Israeli withdrawal be quick or slow, Amidror asserted that without Israeli boots on the ground, Abbas had no realistic way of overcoming a Palestinian Islamic movement bent on his destruction.

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Obama to Freeze Congress Out of Bad Iranian Nuclear Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. With the clock ticking on nuclear negotiations with Iran, the New York Times raises a scenario sure to create Israeli anxiety. What if the White House reached an agreement allowing Iran to remain a “nuclear threshold state” and suspend most sanctions, while freezing Congress out of the process? Could President Obama

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What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Druze community of the Israeli Golan is undergoing a shift in loyalty towards the Jewish state. The four-year-old Syrian civil war has been a wake up call towns like Majdal Shams. But as the war in Syria worsens and new ideas continue to take hold, few here see much benefit

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Ayatollah’s Health Sparks Talk of Succession

Today’s Top Stories 1. Images of Iran’s hospitalized supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are sparking speculation over his successor as well as an unprecedented Iranian media blitz. The 75-year-old Khamenei recently underwent prostate surgery. Reuters explains: “The clergy are looking for somebody to guarantee the interests of the clergy. The Revolutionary Guards are looking for

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“Settlement Crisis” Upstages Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu visited President Obama to discuss Mideast peace, Iran, and ISIS. Once again, the summit was upstaged by “settlement crisis” manufactured by Peace Now (more on that below) over a week-old tender of 2,610 Israeli housing units in eastern Jerusalem. Unhappy White House officials told the Jerusalem Post they

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Secret Back-Channel Tightens Israel-PA Cooperation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting YNet scoop: An unidentified senior Israeli official has been secretly meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “to tighten cooperation and coordination” on getting Gaza back on its feet. 2. In its fight against ISIS, the White House lifted rules on airstrikes meant to protect civilians. A White House statement

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Amira Hass: When Only Journalists We Like are Welcome

What’s wrong with this picture? Israeli journalist Amira Hass was covering a conference at Bir Zeit University. She was perfectly up front with the Palestinian student organizers helping run the event, registering that she was from Haaretz. Hass says she has covered events and interviewed Palestinians at the Ramallah campus for 20 years, and has

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Did Iran Assassinate Its Own Nuclear Scientist and Blame Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Iranian nuclear physicist killed in 2007 was murdered by the Revolutionary Guard, not Israel. That’s what the scientist’s sister tells The Media Line: When Iranian scientist Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour was killed in February 2007, the cause of death was reported to be “gassing” and most presumed the act was carried out

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