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Foreign Drone Shot Down Over Negev

Foreign Drone Shot Down Over Negev

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. The Gaza border’s hot again. I liked BBC‘s report of the IAF strike on two members of the group, Global Jihad. Tala’at Halil Muhammad Jarbi, the primary target, helped plan

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While Bibi Talked Red Lines, Did a Tweeting Journo Cross One?

Journos on Twitter routinely identify their positions and news services because it helps them gain followers, boosts their credibility, and adds transparency to their industry. But they often add a disclaimer, such as “Any views expressed are my own.” I don’t want to stifle any correspondent’s free speech. But using their professional position to boost

Beeb Ordered to Hand Over Raw Footage From Intifada Documentary

A US judge ordered the BBC to release raw footage from a decade-old documentary to American victims of Palestinian terror. The victims and their families — who filed a lawsuit against the PA claiming it funded terror groups — argued that raw footage of Jeremy Bowen’s interviews with Yasser Arafat and two gunmen from the

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Why is Hezbollah Holding Secret Funerals?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. US court orders the BBC to hand over raw footage from Yasser Arafat documentary to American victims of Palestinian terror attacks. At issue was a 2003 BBC feature by Jeremy

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IDNS: A Change in Hamas Leadership?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Although his relative moderation is needed now more than ever, Hamas sources told Maan News that Khaled Mashaal will step down as the group’s overall leader. According to Arab media sources quoted

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IDNS: Iranian Atomic Chief Confirms Tehran Misled West

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. A big hissy-fit hit the German media, with prominent columnist Henryk Broder calling another publisher, Jakob Augstein, an anti-Semite. The Jerusalem Post explains: In his Monday Spiegel Online blog article,

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BBC Wishes Jewish Viewers a Sour New Year

Talk about starting off the Jewish new year on a sour note. The BBC scheduled its Mideast editor, Jeremy Bowen, to have a Q&A with readers on Twitter — during Rosh HaShanah. And blogger Daphne Anson doesn’t buy Bowen’s unapologetic weak answer that the timing “could’ve been better.” Nobody would be cynical enough to suggest

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IDNS: Assad Has Plans to Give Hezbollah Chemical Weapons

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Yup, Hamas is laying the groundwork to declare Gaza’s independence. Mahmoud Zahar told Maan News in no uncertain terms that Israel does not occupy Gaza. (Hey, that’s my line!)  He

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IDNS: Palestinian Censors Mute Townhall Meeting

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. It turns out that Israel had no connection to the film at the heart of yesterday’s embassy attacks. First, Jeffrey Goldberg began fact-checking what we thought we knew about “Sam

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