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Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

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

Swiss Lawmakers Lump BDS With Racism, Anti-Semitism

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Swiss National Council passed legislation to stop funding organizations promoting boycotts of Israel. The bill now moves to the legislature’s upper house. Ynet explains the vote’s significance: The BDS, for the first time in any European parliament, was lumped in by the Swiss parliamentarians next to racism and anti-Semitism. Swiss

UNRWA Suspends Staffer Accused of Having Hamas Leadership Role

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UNRWA suspended staffer Suhail al-Hindi, who Israel accused of having a leadership role in Hamas. The Times of Israel explains: COGAT, the Israeli Defense Ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, says that al-Hindi was appointed to the terror group’s leadership in a February 13

Netanyahu in Australia

Today’s Top Stories 1. Netanyahu in Australia: Meeting with Australian PM Malcom Turnbull, the two PM’s reiterated messages of mutual support and cooperation. PM Turnball strongly criticized the United Nations over its unfair treatment of Israel and both leaders recalled the history of Australia in events leading to Israel’s formation. Responding to members of Australia’s Labor Party

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel. The fighters gained control of

IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif

Islamic State in Sinai Fires Rockets at Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State in the Sinai fired two rockets at Israel, landing in open areas and causing no damage. The rockets were fired hours after Islamic State claimed four jihadists were killed by what was claimed to be an Israeli drone strike. An Egyptian military spokesman was quoted by the Jerusalem Post

Will Israel Apartheid Week Breach UK Definition of Anti-Semitism?

Today’s Top Stories 1. British university chiefs were put on notice that Israel Apartheid Week activities hosted on campus run afoul of a definition of anti-Semitism that was adopted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in December. The Jewish News quoted Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance: He added that, as of December, when Theresa

Did Trump Reverse Himself on Embassy Move Or Not?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian sources, journalists, and possibly Trump administration officials as well muddied the waters on whether the US is going to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Follow the bouncing ball and draw your own conclusions about what this means for the next four years of Mideast news coverage. It all starts with

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