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Is Hezbollah Going to War With Lebanon’s Banks?

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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Israeli-Brazilian Standoff Comes to an End

Today’s Top Stories 1. A months-long Israel-Brazil standoff came to an end when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Dani Dayan will be appointed consul-general in New York. Brasilia refused to confirm Dayan, a former settler leader, as ambassador. He will instead replace outgoing consul-general Ido Aharoni. No word on who’s in the mix to

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Financial Crisis Hits Hamas Brigades

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the first time, Hamas’ financial crisis is hitting its brigades, Asharq al-Awsat reports: The sources said that “the Al-Qassam Brigades are a red line for Hamas and have always been unaffected by any financial or political crises. However, the organisation was forced to impose cuts on the salaries of the

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Nasrallah Reportedly Hospitalized in Iran With Cancer

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly in Iran getting emergency medical treatment for cancer. The timing’s ironic: Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the assassination of pro-Western prime minister Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah’s heavily implicated. 2. Ex-PM Ehud Olmert reported to prison this morning, to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery

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Turks, Saudis, Gearing Up for Syrian Ground Offensive

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkish and Saudi forces are reportedly ready to launch a ground offensive against Islamic State forces in Syria. Iran responded by offering to help defend Syrian air space. Meanwhile, skepticism abounds whether a partial ceasefire will take hold. As it is with the Mideast, all sides involved are positioning themselves for

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Hezbollah Terror Cell in West Bank Busted

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel busted a Hezbollah terror cell in the West Bank under the command of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah’s son, Juad. From Lebanon, the younger Nasrallah used social media networks to recruit and send instructions. The cell trained suicide bombers, among other things. 2. Did Israel suggest that PLO form a “community police”

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Shimon Peres In Stable Condition After Heart Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is recovering after suffering a mild heart attack. According to Israeli press reports, the 92-year-old Peres is conscious and in good condition after undergoing an emergency catheterization. 2. Israel is barring Sweden from any role in future diplomatic process with Palestinians in response to Foreign Minister

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Spain Compensates Israeli University Over BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Here’s a fascinating BDS fail: The Spanish government paid Ariel University $100,000 in compensation for refusing to allow Ariel’s students to participate in an international competition six years ago and released a statement admitting it had discriminated against the students. YNet reports: In March 2014, it said in an official statement

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France Honors Charlie Hebdo, Kosher Market Victims

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Human Rights Council’s special monitor for human rights in the Palestinian territories resigned, saying Israel wouldn’t give him access to the West Bank. The New York Times summed up the situation in a nutshell: Israel, which has long regarded the Human Rights Council as biased and deeply hostile to

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Eilat Hotel Bombing Foiled

Today’s Top Stories 1. A pair of Israeli Arabs were indicted for planning a bombing at an Eilat hotel. The Jerusalem Post reports that the plot was foiled by alert hotel staff. One of the suspects wished to avenge the death of his childhood friend, Fadi Elon, who was killed while carrying out a stabbing

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