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Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power

Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power

Today’s Top Stories 1. After Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the US, Israeli media reported that the new US administration requested Israel not to make any “surprise” unilateral moves. In particular is a Knesset bill under consideration to annex Maale Adumim which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is opposes. Meanwhile, a Trump-Netanyahu meeting

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Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter

Today’s Top Stories 1. A military court convicted an IDF soldier of manslaughter in an incident that continues to polarize Israeli society. Sgt. Elor Azaria shot and killed an already injured and disarmed Palestinian who had attacked Israeli soldiers in Hebron. A second Palestinian assailant was killed in the fight. Rejecting inconsistencies in Azaria’s account,

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Police Question Netanyahu In Graft Probe

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police investigators questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of improperly accepting valuable gifts from businessmen. The PM insists he’s done nothing wrong. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet or Times of Israel coverage. “The National Unit of the Israel Police investigated the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu,

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UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout

Today’s Top Stories 1. A day after Egypt withdrew its anti-settlement resolution, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a similar resolution. Here’s the full text of resolution 2334. Israel rejected the resolution, calling it “shameful” and saying Jerusalem would not abide by it. The White House said Netanyahu brought the US abstention

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Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prominent Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down outside an Amman courthouse on his way to face charges for sharing on Facebook a cartoon portraying Allah and viewed as offensive to Islam. The illustration was titled “God of Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.   The

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Assailant Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Ankara

Today’s Top Stories 1. A man with a knife was shot apparently trying to enter the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no embassy staff were hurt during the incident. Turkish bomb squad personnel were also investigating a suspicious package found near the embassy. CNN Turk named the attacker as Osman Nuri

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Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947

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Guest Commentary: Does Israeli Media Need to Be Saved?

Gavin Gross, a New York native who now lives in Israel, is a former director of public affairs at the British Zionist Federation, and is a member of HonestReporting’s Israeli amutah (non-profit governing committee). Anyone who has visited or studied Israel knows that it can be a very tempestuous and argumentative place, with a wide range

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