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IDF “Confirms” Operating in Syria

IDF “Confirms” Operating in Syria

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. Despite Western efforts, Abbas accepted Salam Fayyad’s resignation after months of political in-fighting. The Jerusalem Post already looks ahead to possible successors: However, Palestinian sources mentioned two names as possible

4 Thoughts on “The World’s Largest Outdoor Prison”

The Independent breaks out the violins for Gaza. Locals call it “the world’s biggest prison”, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Here are a few thoughts on Alistair Dawber’s 3,769 word-count dispatch: 1. Dawber writes, “Of the 1.5 million inhabitants, 1.1 million are refugees.” It would be more accurate to call Gaza the world’s

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Turkish Islamists in Disarray Over Israel’s Apology

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. Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to Mahmoud Abbas. But despite their tensions, it’s not clear that Abbas will accept it. Everyone’s referring to Reuters, which got the scoop. Elliott Abrams

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Israeli Arrested for Fighting in Syria

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 19 year-old Israel-Arab was arrested by the Shin Bet on suspicion of fighting with Syrian jihadi rebels. According to the Jerusalem Post, Nasser Masarwa, a resident of Taiba, refused

US Revives 2002 Arab Peace Initiative

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. John Kerry’s resurrecting the 2002 Arab peace initiative — with tweaks. AP writes: The 2002 initiative that Kerry wants to revive parts of would have provided Israel recognition throughout the

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Syrian Army Withdraws From Golan

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 Syrian army withdrew most of its troops from the Golan Heights. Although it was a matter of time, The Guardian reports that the move creates new worries for Israel

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Hamas Can’t Spin Its Bad Hair Day

Hamas baldly arrested a dozen men with “immodest” hair styles, cut their hair in a “humiliating manner” and even beat some of them. Here’s a snip of the hairy situation described by the Jerusalem Post: The men were released only after they signed a document pledging not to appear in Western-style haircuts or wear low-waist

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Hackers Attack Israeli Sites

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. Hackers attacked Israeli web sites en masse today. Haaretz and AP reported that government web sites experienced some disruptions, “but the damage appeared minimal.” Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, of the government’s

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Abbas Suspends Unilateral Statehood Moves?

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. Haaretz got a nice scoop, reporting that Mahmoud Abbas agreed to temporarily suspend unilateral moves in international organizations. He wants to give US mediation a chance: Both sources gave the

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