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The Arab Spring Arrives on Israel’s Doorstep

The Arab Spring Arrives on Israel’s Doorstep

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Arab Spring has finally dropped on Israel’s doorstep: Israeli officials begin to ponder the degree of threat from al-Qaeda, now firmly entrenched along the Golan border. “Under the 1974 armistice agreement, the Syrian army were not allowed to be close to the border with Israel,” said the Israeli commander, who

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Iran Seeks Nuclear Flexibility For Help Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Mudar Zahran discussed the Gaza war with regular Palestinians. Everyone was fearful of Hamas and spoke anonymously about the extent the general population was used as a human shield. The whole story’s worth reading; this snippet in particular caught my eye: One, a renowned Gazan academic, who spoke on

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Kerry: Iran and Syria vs ISIS if U.S. Fails

Today’s Top Stories 1. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has suggested that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the U.S. was “failing miserably” in its efforts to defeat the jihadists. Coverage of this in the Daily Telegraph includes this exchange between Marco Rubio and Kerry

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Jihadis Divided Over Alan Henning Abduction?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN says it brokered a deal between Israel and the PA to rebuild Gaza. The New York Times was the only paper I saw stressing the agreement is temporary. If the agreement unravels down the road, what would you think if all you knew was what you saw in today’s BBC

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UN Peacekeepers Evacuate Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. UN peacekeepers monitoring the Israeli-Syrian border withdrew from their positions on the Syrian side, evacuating to Israel. Does the inability of the blue-helmet forces to work both sides of the border essentially spell the end of their mission? CNN coverage. 2. UN envoy Robert Serry threw a lifeline to Hamas: UN: Palestinian

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Islamic State Sleeper Cells Along Israeli Border?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ahead of the opening session of the UN, the PA began a diplomatic offensive, aimed at getting key members of the UN Security Council to support a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and set a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. See Haaretz coverage. The Jerusalem

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Hamas Threatened UNRWA Staff at Gunpoint

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas finally admitted that rockets were fired from residential areas. Spokesman Ghazi Hamad told AP: Increasingly, the discussion is not about whether the Hamas rockets were fired from civilian areas, but exactly how close they were to the actual buildings.   “The Israelis kept saying rockets were fired from schools or

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Hamas to Directly Negotiate With Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas may be forced to negotiate directly with Israel. The terror group’s number two man, Moussa Abu Marzook, told a Hamas-affiliated paper that Hamas may not be able to ignore the demands of the Gaza street. The Times of Israel writes: “From the point of view of Sharia (Islamic law), nothing

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IDF Investigating Gaza War Incidents

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced that it opened criminal investigations into five Operation Protective Edge incidents, including  the Gaza beach shelling that killed four children, and a July attack on a UN school that killed 14 Palestinians. A total of 99 incidents are being probed, or will be in the coming weeks. YNet has best

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