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New Palestinian Fighting Force Emerges in Syria

New Palestinian Fighting Force Emerges in Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian force fighting alongside Hezbollah in Syria is emerging as a new player. MEMRI introduces us to the “Galilee Forces” and why should Israel take note. The reports on the Galilee Forces joining the fighting in Al-Qalamoun alongside Hizbullah and the Syrian regime appeared alongside reports in the Arab press

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Can FIFA Boss Defuse Israel-Palestinian Tensions?

Today’s Top Stories 1. FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter is visiting Jerusalem and Ramallah to defuse Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. Blatter reiterated his opposition to any sanctions, and even suggested a peace match. More background at the JTA and Los Angeles Times. One particular point of friction where the Palestinians think they have

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New Israeli Cabinet Sworn In

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Mideast media reports, Israeli and Arab diplomats from undisclosed Sunni states met in Jordan: The report alleged that several Arab diplomats said that countries in the region should be preparing for a new reality as the United States’ influence on regional security begins to retreat.   They also were

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Why Did Qatar Arrest a BBC News Crew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Reuters: Tehran is already anticipating oil sales once sanctions are lifted. What will Iran’s re-emergence in the world market mean for OPEC and oil prices? 2. Qatar arrested a BBC News crew investigating the treatment of migrant laborers in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Odder still, the four-man team led by correspondent

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Jerusalem Day Clashes Break Out

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** After this roundup was published, clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli police ahead of a a traditional Jerusalem Day march. One police officer was reported injured near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. More at the Jerusalem Post, YNet, and Times of Israel. Jerusalem Day marks the anniversary of

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Russia Nixes Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Vatican made news by signing a treaty with the Palestinians governing the Holy See’s activities and legal status in the PA. News services, however, spun the story as the Vatican recognizing the state of Palestine. Fortunately, Washington Post reporter William Booth went against the grain, pointing out that the Vatican

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Hassan Nasrallah Hospitalized in Beirut?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF gave the New York Times an exclusive look at what it knows about Hezbollah’s latest human shield deployments. We’re talking about infantry and anti-tank positions, arms depots, rocket launching sites, signs of underground tunnels, and a command post all located in just one village. Now multiply that by many

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New Gaza Flotilla Underway

Today’s Top Stories 1. Bashar Assad reportedly placed his intelligence chief under house arrest on suspicion he was planning a coup, according to the Daily Telegraph. As battlefield losses pile up, Assad’s inner circle is reportedly divided by Iran’s creeping takeover of the battles. Was spy chief Ali Mamlouk looking to bring back Bashar Assad’s exiled

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Britain’s Pro-Israel PM Re-Elected

Today’s Top Stories 1. David Cameron was re-elected Prime Minister of Great Britain by a surprisingly wide margin. George Galloway, the UK’s best-known anti-Israel politician, was voted out of Parliament by his Bradford constituency. He’s already in trouble for using his parliamentary aid for personal business and for a tweet that violated election laws. 2. Here’s a

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