Israel Bombs Syrian Missiles Marked for Hezbollah

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1. Israel bombs Syrian Missiles Earmarked for Hezbollah. New York Times coverage lays out what was believed hit.

An American official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing intelligence reports, said the targeted shipment consisted of Iranian-made Fateh-110s — a mobile, accurate, solid-fueled missile that has the range to strike Tel Aviv and much of Israel from southern Lebanon, and that represents a considerable improvement over the liquid-fueled Scud missile. Two prominent Israeli defense analysts said the shipment included Scud Ds, a missile that Syrians have developed from Russian weapons with a range of up to 422 miles — long enough to reach Eilat, in southernmost Israel, from Lebanon.

Chances of serious retaliation by Syria remain relatively low but batteries of Iron Dome anti-missile systems have already been deployed in the north.

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent headline and subhead give false impression Israel carried out a massacre, although the article clarifies later that the massacre in the headline was carried out by “death squads loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, apparently bent on ethnic cleansing.”

2. NY Times publishes article with scathing quotes from outgoing PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Fayyad, for his part, denies granting the Times an interview, calling the article an op-ed, not a news item.

3. Is Israel joining a security alliance with Turkey and three Arab states? Media reports claim Israel is part of proposed “moderate crescent” alongside Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan.

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Rest o’ the Roundup

Google has changed it tagline for the local page for the Palestinian Territories to “Palestine.” Call it a victory for Palestinian soft power.

Immediately after winning this victory at the UN, the Palestinian Authority issued letters to Google and other global corporations requesting that they change their drop-down menus to include Palestine among their index of countries.

Europeans finally coming to the conclusion the Oslo Accords might not be so relevant anymore.

The Economist article looks Israeli policies in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel has sole security control.

Irish photographer claims he was injured by Israeli soldiers while covering a protest.

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