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Hezbollah Claims It Sent Drone Over Israel

Hezbollah Claims It Sent Drone Over Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah claimed it sent the unmanned aerial vehicle that flew over Israeli airspace yesterday. Two Patriots missiles and an air-to-air missile failed to bring down the drone, which returned to Syria unharmed. Hezbollah claimed the drone was sent to photograph IDF maneuvers in the Golan. More at the Times of Israel and Defense

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Patriot Missiles Fired on Drone Over Northern Israel

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** As this roundup went to press, Haaretz reported that Patriot missiles were fired on a drone over northern Israel. Developing . . . Moments ago 2 Patriot air defense missiles were fired towards a drone which infiltrated #Israeli airspace from #Syria. — Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) July 17, 2016 1.

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Abbas Sets Preconditions for Cairo Peace Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is reverting back to form, insisting on preconditions before agreeing to join Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a potential Cairo peace summit. The preconditions: A settlement construction freeze, negotiations based on the pre-1967 borders, and timeline for the talks. Officials in Jerusalem

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State Dept. Funded Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

Today’s Top Stories 1. A US Senate report revealed that US taxpayer money was indirectly used to influence Israelis to vote against Benjamin Netanyahu during last year’s Israeli elections. The State Dept. sent money to an organization called OneVoice, which channeled the money to V15 (short for Victory 2015), which raised suspicions in Jerusalem at

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Israeli Drones Target Sinai Jihadis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel conducting drone strikes in Sinai with Cairo’s approval. Israeli media was all over this Bloomberg News scoop. A former senior Israel official said his country has conducted numerous drone attacks on militants in Sinai in recent years with Egypt’s blessing. He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential military

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Germany: Iran Illegally Seeking Nuke, Missile Tech

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to German intelligence reports seen by the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s seeking illegal nuclear and missile technology, as well as its biological and chemical warfare capabilities. State Department spokesman John Kirby struggled to answer reporters’ questions about the matter. Kirby then said that living up to the nuclear deal means not

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Lebanese Banks Shut Down Hundreds of Hezbollah Accounts

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** As this roundup was published, early reports broke of what the IDF is saying was “likely an intentional terror attack.”suspected Palestinian car-ramming attack at the entrance to the Neve Daniel settlement, near Jerusalem. Three soldiers were lightly injured and the Palestinian driver was hospitalized. 1. Lebanese banks shut down hundreds

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Palestinians to Reportedly Cut Ties With Quartet

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel, the Palestinian Authority has decided to sever ties with the Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, European Union, United States Russia. The Quartet on Friday released a long-awaited report on the peace process, which, for the first time in

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Hamas Seeking ‘Shalit Deal 2’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas seeks a ‘Shalit Deal 2’ for the return of two missing Israeli civilians and the bodies of two IDF soldiers. YNet lays out what’s known besides Hamas’s overall goal of the release of hundreds of security prisoners: It also demands an “entry fee” to even engage in negotiations in the

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