US and Hezbollah Passing the Peace Pipes?

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Pvt. Eden Attias was laid to rest after a Palestinian stabbed him to death on a bus yesterday.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) blasted Hamas for torturing prisoners and stepping up arrests ahead of last Monday’s Tamarod protests — which indeed fizzled out. AFP picked up on the story, adding:

Police were out in full force, and an AFP correspondent was briefly detained just for interviewing residents on the occasion.

John Kerry lent his support to the Gaza flotilla movement. Who knew?

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Israeli media busted Palestinian photojournalist Mahmoud Illean’s fauxtography. Elder of Ziyon rounded up the links.

Hamas allowed the Maan News agency to re-open its Gaza office nearly four months after the Islamists accused it of “fabricating reports.” Al-Arabiya’s Gaza bureau was shut down at the same time for the same reason, but it hasn’t received permission to re-open. Hamas took action against the two after they reported that Hamas was supporting terror groups opposed to Egypt’s military regime. More on the story at the Jerusalem Post.

• For more commentary/analysis, see Frederick Forsyth, MosheArens, and Ophir Falk.

Iranian Atomic Urgency

Snippet of the Day comes from this LA Times op-ed penned by Ray Takeyh and Eric Edeleman:

As the negotiations with Iran ebb and flow, it is important to appreciate that the cause of the current crisis is not French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius or Netanyahu but Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It is not France that stands in violation of numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions but Iran. It is not the French foreign ministry that mocks these resolutions as illegitimate and politically contrived but Iran’s. And while Iran continues to defy and defile the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, France has an honorable history of seeking to shield it.

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande landed in Israel for talks about Iran. AFP coverage.

Reuters wrapped up its examination of Setad, Ayatollah Khamenei’s $95 billion business empire. Part 3 looks at how Setad activities are beyond the law, answerable to nobody but the supreme leader. If you haven’t seen the rest of the series, don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2.

Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s very gutsy. AFP reports that Nisman asked a judge to declare unconstitutional a joint Argentine-Iranian truth commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community headquarters. Iran and Hezbollah were implicated in the massive car bomb, which killed 85 people and injured another 300. According to Nisman, the agreement creating the truth commission “constitutes an “undue interference of the executive branch in the exclusive sphere of the judiciary.”

A NY Sun staff-ed rips the NY Times’s hysteria over Israel.

As if there wasn’t more important things for the Washington Post to deal with, the paper panned an infographic posted on the prime minister’s Twitter feed.

For more commentary/analysis, see the Jerusalem Post, Meir Javedanfar, Sen. Robert Menendez, the Washington Post, and Tony Burman. See also a staff-ed in the Globe & Mail.

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At least they didn’t name the baby after Iranian missiles, right?

Baby born in IDF’s Philippines field hospital; to be named Israel

Meanwhile, a Philippine police commander was fired for telling reporters the typhoon’s death toll would exceed 10,000.

While the official death toll of 2,357 seems certain to rise, with reports from journalists of bodies still lying uncollected in the worst-hit areas, the authorities seemed eager to distance themselves from that early estimate.

Jordan’s Queen Rania: Islam needs to take a long, hard look at itself in the mirror. See Memri (video or transcript) for her full remarks.

How does Allah sort out the virgins in cases like this?

Syrian Islamist rebel beheaded in case of mistaken identity

Right now, Sinai terror only poses a low level threat to the Suez Canal, reports the Daily Telegraph. But the situation could change in a hurry.

(Image of Kerry via Flickr/US State Dept., Eiffel Tower via Flickr/gadl)

For more, see the previous Israel Daily News Stream.

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