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It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Six years after the Mavi Marmara crisis, Israeli and Turkish Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildirim announced that they reached an agreement in Rome to re-normalize ties. The agreement will be signed tomorrow and then go to the Israeli cabinet and Turkish parliament for confirmation. See Times of Israel and Hurriyet coverage, and Haaretz‘s good

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PLO: Jews Aren’t Poisoning Palestinian Wells After All

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PLO retracted a claim in last week’s speech that rabbis were instructing Jews to poison Palestinian wells. I was impressed with reporter Diaa Hadid’s healthy skepticism in the New York Times along with a link to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which continues peddling this anti-Semitic libel. AP and

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Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt sentenced two Al-Jazeera reporters to death, and ex-president Mohammed Morsi to 25 years in prison. They, along with several other defendants, were charged with passing national security documents to Qatar and its flagship news station. See AP along with Al-Jazeera. The two Al-Jazeera employees – identified by the judge as

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Senior Hamas Figure Reportedly Defects to Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Palestinian media reports, a senior Hamas figure with extensive knowledge about the Gaza tunnel network defected to Israel. Haaretz writes: [Bassam Mahmoud] Baraka reportedly went to the border fence and gave himself up to soldiers who were waiting for him. According to the reports, he was carrying a laptop.

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Is Hezbollah Going to War With Lebanon’s Banks?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is Hezbollah responsible for an explosion outside the Beirut headquarters of a Lebanese bank? While Reuters reports that nobody has claimed responsibility, Lebanese officials don’t believe Islamic State is responsible, and Hezbollah hasn’t commented on the blast. Reportedly, BLOM Bank was particularly aggressive against Hezbollah’s accounts, which the US Treasury Department is

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Is NY Governor’s Order a ‘Tipping Point’ in Battle vs. BDS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to boycott BDS has touched a real nerve with the Israel-bashers. The big debate centers around the claim that the governor’s order bypassed the legislature and unfairly targets free speech. People on both sides of the fight told the JTA that Cuomo’s move is a game-changer.

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American Anthropological Assoc. Votes Down BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. The American Anthropological Association’s membership voted down a resolution calling on the group to boycott Israeli academia. Inside Higher Ed reports that despite the loss, the AAA still plans to push through several other relatively toothless measures. Thank you @AmericanAnthro for voting against #BDS. Targeting Israeli academics only thwarts peace. https://t.co/6Ln7eGu6zc#BDSFail

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