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Gulf States Label Hezbollah a Terror Group

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkey now demands Israeli weapons sales as a condition for re-normalizing ties, according to Arab reports picked up by the Jerusalem Post. Israeli officials are reportedly demanding to know if the sought-after aerial drones and other equipment will be used against Kurdish rebels. 2. The Gulf state monarchies branded Hezbollah as

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Israeli Ire as UN Watchdog Ends Probe of Iranian Nukes

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Atomic Energy Agency decided to end its probe of Iran’s past nuclear activities, paving the way for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the beginning of sanctions relief. See Wall St. Journal coverage via (Google News) and Reuters. In Jerusalem, Israeli officials denounced the watchdog’s decision as “political, not

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Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Today’s Top Stories 1. You’ll be floored to learn that replacing a carpet in the Dome of the Rock is raising an unholy controversy. Israeli antiquities officials say the Islamic Waqf isn’t letting them document previously unseen floor designs; the Waqf called the Israeli charges threadbare. Are archaeologists’s concerns being swept under the rug? AP leaves us

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UN Votes Down Statehood Resolution

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian statehood bid fell short in the UN Security Council, with a draft resolution failing to get the nine votes necessary to pass. The money quote from US Ambassador Samantha Power: “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive

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Ruling Delays Israeli Offshore Gas Moves For Years

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli anti-trust regulators ruled that the consortium of companies overseeing the Leviathan offshore gas field was a monopoly and ordered it be broken up. You can read the details at the Jerusalem Post, Globes, Haaretz, YNet, and Times of Israel. The latter best summed up the bottom line: Leviathan — which

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Terror Strikes Sydney

Today’s Top Stories 1. Downtown Sydney was shut down as police and a radical Islamic gunman spent the day in a tense standoff. An estimated 15-30 hostages were held in cafe at the Martin Place pedestrian mall. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Australian and ABC News live-blogged the drama. So did Channel 7, whose news studio

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Foul-Mouthed Australian Columnist Quits Over Israel Flap

After stirring up a hornet’s nest of tension with the Jewish community, editors, and executives at his parent company Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton quit over a string of foul-mouthed replies to readers. First the background. It began when Carlton wrote Israel’s Rank and Rotten Fruit is Being Called Fascism, a

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