Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Belgian Jews Cancel Purim

Belgian Jews Cancel Purim

Today’s Top Stories 1. Belgium’s Jewish community cancelled Purim festivities “at the request of the police due to the police’s fear of additional terrorists in the area,” YNet reports. Smaller, low-key gatherings will be held instead. “The police said that they are unable to protect the event while the city is in a state of war,”

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Dozens Killed in Belgian Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror in Belgium: At least 34 people were killed and more than 130 injured in two explosions at Brussels Airport and a third at the city’s Maelbeek metro station. The station is located near both European Union and NATO headquarters. At least one attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.  The

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Hamas ‘Disengaging’ From Muslim Brotherhood

Today’s Top Stories 1. Kissing up to Egypt, Hamas is removing Muslim Brotherhood slogans and images from the Gaza Strip. According to Asharq al-Awsat: It is thought that this surprising step is linked to the agreement that was concluded last week with Egyptian intelligence leaders. The agreement concerns the disengagement of the Palestinian organisation from

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Israel Mourns Istanbul Terror Deaths

Today’s Top Stories 1. A suicide bomber in killed four people in central Istanbul including three Israeli tourists. Hurriyet identified the three as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher, and Avraham Goldman. In all, 39 people were injured, including 11 Israelis. The Times of Israel and YNet have more on who the killed and injured Israelis are.

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Financial Crisis Hits Hamas Brigades

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the first time, Hamas’ financial crisis is hitting its brigades, Asharq al-Awsat reports: The sources said that “the Al-Qassam Brigades are a red line for Hamas and have always been unaffected by any financial or political crises. However, the organisation was forced to impose cuts on the salaries of the

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Deputy Minister Reveals Secret Israeli-Indonesian Contacts

Today’s Top Stories 1. President Reuven Rivlin arrived in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin and other high-level Russian officials. He is expected to express Israel’s concerns about a strengthened Iranian and Hezbollah presence in Syria, learn more about why Russia began withdrawing troops, and discuss the Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Jerusalem Post coverage. Speaking

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Russia’s Syria Pullout: What Does it Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia began withdrawing military forces from Syria. Hezbollah may have begun withdrawing its forces from Syria too, according to Arab media reports that I don’t know how to judge. Could this be related to Vladimir Putin’s short-notice invitation to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for a working meeting? Rivlin flies to Moscow today.

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Hamas Digger Killed in Another Tunnel Collapse

Today’s Top Stories 1. There were two terror attacks near Hebron this morning. In the first attack, two Palestinians rammed their car into a hitchhiking stop near Kiryat Arba, then exited the vehicle and opened fire. Both were killed when soldiers returned fire. Minutes later, a Palestinian rammed his car into the same location. He

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Egypt Discovers ‘Enormous’ Gaza Tunnels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt discovered massive tunnels from Gaza into the Sinai large enough to drive trucks through. They’re unusually long too, which has the IDF concerned. YNet explains: These enormous tunnels, some of which stretch for over three kilometers, are designed to traverse the security zone Egypt set up between the border with

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Identities of 22,000 Islamic State Recruits Leaked

Today’s Top Stories 1. A disgruntled ex-jihadi gave Sky News a stolen memory stick containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of 22,000 Islamic State recruits from 51 countries. All had filled out a 23-question form before being inducted into the IS ranks. But the key breakthrough from the documents is the revealing of the

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