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IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

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

Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a joint press conference (see transcript or video) with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution as a cornerstone of Mideast diplomacy. So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.

White House Official: Two-State Solution Not a Condition for Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. A White House official briefing pool reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a two-state solution isn’t a condition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. More on that at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Associated Press. The story is based wholly on an anonymous source, so

UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media: “As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah

Senior UN Post for Tzipi Livni in the Works?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli media was buzzing with weekend reports that MK Tzipi Livni may be appointed UN Under-Secretary-General. It all stems from a US veto on Friday of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’ appointment as UN’s envoy to Libya, a block hailed by Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, Livni and Secretary-General

Security Council to Discuss Provocative Iranian Missile Test

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran provocatively test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on Sunday. The UN Security Council was due to meet today for urgent talks on the test and whether the launch violates Security Council resolution 2231. According to the New York Times: The Iranian missile traveled

Palestinians Slam UN Secretary General Over Jewish Ties to Temple Mt

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians denounced UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for acknowledging Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. What does it say about the Palestinians that a comment like this should get their leaders in such a tizzy? Speaking to Israel Radio on Friday, Guterres reportedly said that it is “completely clear that the Temple

Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains: Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.   The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March

Trump Eyes Cutting UN Funds Over PA Membership

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is moving to cut US funding to various UN organizations. Palestinian membership is one of the red lines: Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any

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