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Netanyahu Unveils Missile Shield, Issues Warning

Netanyahu Unveils Missile Shield, Issues Warning

Today’s Top Stories 1. During a ceremony unveiling Israel’s new integrated missile defense system, Israel PM Netanyahu issued a warning to countries that wish for Israel’s destruction: Whoever tries to strike us will be hit, those that threaten our existence put themselves in existential danger. The new missile systems are operating on Israel’s northern borders against attacks from Lebanese terrorist

UN Pulls Staff from Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process (UNSCO) will not send staff to Gaza until further notice, a source close to the organisation told AFP on condition of anonymity, after Hamas imposed tough new restrictions following the assassination of one of its members. In particular, Hamas’s closure of the

Bill Against Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Democrats and Republicans have introduced a  bipartisan bill, the “Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017,” with seven co-sponsors from each party.  The act establishes new sanctions targeting Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles and its backing for terrorism, and also seeks to block the property of any entity involved in the sale of arms to

Nikki Haley at AIPAC

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nikki Haley at AIPAC: the new American Ambassador to the UN was interviewed before the conference by conservative foreign policy staple Dan Senor. She plowed no new policy ground, nor conveyed much detail but what she said was a spectacular hit: endearing herself to the crowd and raising expectations of a new, more positive working

Exiled Israeli-Arab MK Confirms Meetings With Hezbollah Chief

Today’s Top Stories 1. Exiled Israeli Arab MK Azmi Bishara confirmed he has met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah several times since he fled Israel in 2006. Israeli police wanted to arrest Bishara on suspicion of collaborating with Hezbollah during the Second War in Lebanon. Ynet picked up on the former Balad party lawmaker’s interview

Embassy Move Back on the Table

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is the American embassy moving to Jerusalem? American Vice-President Mike Pence indicated that the topic is apparently back on the table, saying on Sunday that President Donald Trump was seriously considering the matter. Meanwhile, Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer says there is ‘no daylight’ between the countries for first time

Will Israel-Gaza Calm Hold After Hamas Assassination?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Gaza are on alert after a senior Hamas figure was assassinated on Friday night. Mazen Faqha, who was released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, was tasked with bolstering Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the West Bank, according to the Times of Israel. He was being assisted by other

US-Israeli Citizen Arrested in Ashkelon For JCC Phone Threats

Today’s Top Stories 1. A 19-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen was arrested in Ashkelon on suspicion of carrying out a wave bomb threats made to JCCs and other Jewish institutions around the world. The Jerusalem Post reports what’s known so far after an Israeli judge lifted a gag order on the case: There are still few

Turkish Aid Worker in Gaza a Hamas-Trained Explosives Expert

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Times of Israel and Ynet takes a closer look at what’s known about head of the Turkish government’s humanitarian aid organization in Gaza who was arrested by Israel for working for Hamas. For a “humanitarian aid” official, you have wonder about Muhammad Murtaja’s expertise in manufacturing advanced explosives. Among other

Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Lebanon are on a collision course over offshore gas, with Hezbollah deliberately escalating the problem. Globes reports in articles one and two. The establishment of a new government in Lebanon, however, has completely changed the situation. Through the Lebanese political parties associated with it, Hezbollah has made sure that

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