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Iran Rejects Nuclear Freeze

Iran Rejects Nuclear Freeze

Today’s Top Stories Prime Minister Netanyahu was due to begin his address to Congress after this roundup was published. 1. Iran rejected any temporary freeze on its nuclear activities.Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was responding to President Obama’s Reuters interview (see summary or  full transcript). The president confirmed the much-talked-about sunset clause. 2. International Atomic Energy Agency chief

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Media Spotlight on Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. On the day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, interest and discussion has reached a fevered pitch. Demand for tickets is off the charts — “10 times as many requests as there are seats available,” Politico reports. Today, the prime minister addressed the AIPAC conference — a brief warm up for the

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Netanyahu Leaves For Washington

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Egyptian court designated Hamas a terror organization. If I understand YNet correctly, yesterday’s ruling was a wider designation making no distinction between the terror group’s military and political “wings.” The decision was reached for Hamas role in terror attacks on Egyptian soil. While the January decision against> Hamas targeted only

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Jihadi John Unmasked

Today’s Top Stories 1. Fleeing ISIS, the first Iraqi Christian refugee reached Israel for medical treatment. Maryam’s an 18-month-old Chaldean born with a hole in her heart. Miles said he expects to see more Iraqi Christians receiving treatment in Israeli hospitals. He has already received requests from other families.   And other minorities may follow

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Hamas Trains Terrorists In Turkey

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas isn’t only using Turkey as a political base. The terror group now doing military training on Turkish soil too. YNet reports: The students undergo initial screening in Jordan and Turkey; and since Jordan does not allow Hamas activists to undergo military training on its soil, the recruits are sent to the

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Landmark Verdict for Terror Victims

Today’s Top Stories 1. American victims of Palestinian terror won a historic lawsuit. A jury in New York City found the PA and PLO were liable for their supporting role in six terror attacks during the Second Intifada in which 33 people were killed and 390 others injured The victims were, awarded $218 million; under US

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Phased Iranian Nuclear Deal Reportedly in the Works

Today’s Top Stories 1. John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif met in Geneva yesterday. According to AP, a “phased” deal is taking shape. The United States and Iran are shaping the contours of a deal that would initially freeze Tehran’s nuclear program but would allow it to slowly ramp up activities that could be used

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The Politics and Rage of Israeli Tax Transfers to the PA

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS: *** Shortly after this roundup was published, a Palestinian stabbed a Jewish man in central Jerusalem. YNet reports that the 27-year-old victim was taken to Shaare Tzedek Hospital with moderate wounds. The assailant — identified only as an 18-year-old male from Ramallah — was apprehended by Mayor Nir Barkat and

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Fearing ISIS Attacks in Europe, Diplomats Soften on Assad

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran-Hamas rapprochement is reportedly on ice right now. The most notable hold-up: Leaked information was then published in Tehran on Iran’s conditions for the restoration of ties with Hamas, including Meshaal’s resignation and for Hamas not to impose any conditions regarding the way Meshaal will be received in Tehran.   Because

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EU: Israel Not Fully Briefed on Iran Talks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Adele Biton who was injured in a 2013 stone-throwing attack, died Tuesday evening. Hundreds attended as the four-year-old girl was laid to rest this afternoon. I hope New York Times coverage is a sign, however small, that bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is moving away from her previous spin that stone-throwing’s an understandable “rite

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