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What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Druze community of the Israeli Golan is undergoing a shift in loyalty towards the Jewish state. The four-year-old Syrian civil war has been a wake up call towns like Majdal Shams. But as the war in Syria worsens and new ideas continue to take hold, few here see much benefit

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Two Israeli Soldiers Wounded by Northern Border Bomb

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israeli soldiers have been wounded on the Lebanese border after a bomb reportedly exploded next to an Israeli tank. The army said the bomb was “activated against them during activity along the Israel-Lebanon border… Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers.” Hezbollah

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Northern Border Skirmish Injures Lebanese Soldier

Today’s Top Stories 1. A skirmish between Israeli troops and Lebanese forces on the northern border left one Lebanese Army soldier injured on Sunday. The IDF said that its troops opened fire on “suspects” attempting to cross the border from Lebanon, apparently hitting one and forcing them to retreat. Channel 10 reports that the Israeli defense establishment

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Ayatollah’s Health Sparks Talk of Succession

Today’s Top Stories 1. Images of Iran’s hospitalized supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are sparking speculation over his successor as well as an unprecedented Iranian media blitz. The 75-year-old Khamenei recently underwent prostate surgery. Reuters explains: “The clergy are looking for somebody to guarantee the interests of the clergy. The Revolutionary Guards are looking for

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“Settlement Crisis” Upstages Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu visited President Obama to discuss Mideast peace, Iran, and ISIS. Once again, the summit was upstaged by “settlement crisis” manufactured by Peace Now (more on that below) over a week-old tender of 2,610 Israeli housing units in eastern Jerusalem. Unhappy White House officials told the Jerusalem Post they

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Secret Back-Channel Tightens Israel-PA Cooperation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting YNet scoop: An unidentified senior Israeli official has been secretly meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “to tighten cooperation and coordination” on getting Gaza back on its feet. 2. In its fight against ISIS, the White House lifted rules on airstrikes meant to protect civilians. A White House statement

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Did Iran Assassinate Its Own Nuclear Scientist and Blame Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Iranian nuclear physicist killed in 2007 was murdered by the Revolutionary Guard, not Israel. That’s what the scientist’s sister tells The Media Line: When Iranian scientist Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour was killed in February 2007, the cause of death was reported to be “gassing” and most presumed the act was carried out

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Palestinians Gauging UN Support for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Haaretz, Palestinian diplomats gauging support for statehood know it won’t get past the UN Security Council. Despite US and British opposition, the Palestinians seek a symbolic majority of council members. 2. An Egyptian activist who has advocated for the assassination of Israeli leaders was nominated for the EU’s prestigious

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British Intelligence in Secret Contact With Assad?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas kicked off for a few hours in Cairo, then adjourned until “late October” for a crowded month of Jewish and Muslim holidays. The Jewish New Year, followed by the Day Atonement and the week-long festival of Sukkot, coincides with the Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca culminating

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Suspects Behind Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Killed in IDF Operation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli forces found and killed the two main Palestinian suspects behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens earlier in the summer, after a several month manhunt. Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha were both killed during an early Tuesday arrest attempt in Hebron, the IDF said in a statement. At around 3

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