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Diplomats Extend Nuke Talks As Iranians Burn Flags

Diplomats Extend Nuke Talks As Iranians Burn Flags

Today’s Top Stories 1. Unable to seal the deal, diplomats in Vienna extended the deadline on the Iranian nuclear talks to Monday. A source told AFP that “98 percent of the text is done.” According to Ehud Yaari, the agreement is essentially finished with the US reportedly blinking. Snap inspections are out, managed inspections are in.

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Two Israelis Missing in Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israelis disappeared in Gaza. The disclosure came after Haaretz got a gag order lifted. Hamas captured 28-year-old Avraham (Avera) Mengistu, a mentally ill Ethiopian Jew, after he climbed over the border fence last September. The second man, a Bedouin whose name has not been released, entered Gaza through the Erez

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Israel’s Existence Lost in BBC Translation

The BBC and its translators leave me at a loss for words. A documentary, Children of the Gaza War (part one aired last night), came under criticism because reporter Lyse Doucet and the Beeb’s translators made a poor judgement call. Whenever Palestinian kids used the word Arabic word, Yahud (which means Jew), the translators translated it as “Israeli.” The

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UNESCO Slams Israel Over Jerusalem’s Old City

Today’s Top Stories 1. Perhaps taking a cue from CNN, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution slamming Israel over Jerusalem’s Old City. Could the denunciation be any more one-sided? The resolution, adopted by the World Heritage Committee meeting in Bonn, Germany, takes Israel to task for – among other grievances – the following allegations:

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Will Nuclear Deal Formally Recognize Iranian Spheres of Influence?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nuclear negotiators agreed to extend the talks deadline till Friday. According to Haaretz, an agreement might be reached by this weekend. Iran’s latest demand is for an end to an arms embargo: So far, the Americans, British and French have refused to discuss this demand, because the sanctions on arms sales

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Iranian Nuke Talks Down to the Wire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hopes for an Iranian agreement by tomorrow’s deadline are fading quickly. According to Reuters, what’s holding things up are UN sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and the lifting of an arms embargo. 2. While Iran was talking peace in Vienna, Jordan busted an Iranian operative with 100 lbs of explosives. According to

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Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned

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50 Killed in Sinai Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. 50 people were killed in Sinai terror attacks. Casualty figures that don’t distinguish between terrorists and their victims can imply a moral equivalence between terrorists and their victims, but in this case, Reuters says Egyptian officials haven’t offered any breakdown. With clashes continuing, Israel closed its border crossings with both Egypt and Gaza.

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Four Israelis Wounded in Drive-By Shooting Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Overnight terror attack: Four Israelis injured in a West Bank drive-by shooting near Shvut Rachel. Security officials believe the attack was carried out by a terror cell and not an individual. Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, one of the four victims, is in critical condition. The Palestinian Authority  has not condemned the attack. 2.

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