Tag Archives: Egypt

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Abbas Sets Preconditions for Cairo Peace Summit

Abbas Sets Preconditions for Cairo Peace Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is reverting back to form, insisting on preconditions before agreeing to join Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a potential Cairo peace summit. The preconditions: A settlement construction freeze, negotiations based on the pre-1967 borders, and timeline for the talks. Officials in Jerusalem

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Israeli Drones Target Sinai Jihadis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel conducting drone strikes in Sinai with Cairo’s approval. Israeli media was all over this Bloomberg News scoop. A former senior Israel official said his country has conducted numerous drone attacks on militants in Sinai in recent years with Egypt’s blessing. He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential military

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Egypt Wants to Revive the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt wants to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, as Egypt’s foreign minister continues his significant visit to Israel. 2. Israel’s Shin Bet security service discovering increasing links to Islamic State among terrorists who target Israel, both domestically and via infiltration into Gaza. 3. U.S. House passes measure to block Boeing sales to Iran. Israel and the

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Germany: Iran Illegally Seeking Nuke, Missile Tech

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to German intelligence reports seen by the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s seeking illegal nuclear and missile technology, as well as its biological and chemical warfare capabilities. State Department spokesman John Kirby struggled to answer reporters’ questions about the matter. Kirby then said that living up to the nuclear deal means not

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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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Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab reports picked up by i24 News, many Palestinians who last week left Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to Egypt were forced to pay the Egyptians bribes of up to $3,000. Al-Sawaf said that not only were people forced to pay bribes, but the amount differed between the authorities.

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IDF Discovers Gaza Tunnel Into Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. IDF uncovers a tunnel from Gaza into Israeli territory for the first time since 2014. Read the full story, or take a look at the IDF video, below. 2. NPR discusses the large number of Jews leaving France for security reasons. Robert Ejness, executive director of CRIF (Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives

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Palestinians Hope for Cuba-Like Breakthrough With US

Today’s Top Stories 1. What’s behind what appears to be a Palestinian push at the UN Security Council seeking “accountability”for Israeli settlement activity? According to AP: With President Barack Obama in his last months in office, the Palestinians are hoping he will follow up his historic breakthroughs with Iran and Cuba with a push for their

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Israel Watches as Egypt Transfers Key Islands to Saudis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s watching this development carefully: Egypt relinquished control of two islands in the Straits of Tiran to Saudi Arabia. The move settles an Egyptian-Saudi maritime dispute and paves the way for the two countries to build a bridge linking Saudi Arabia to Sharm El-Sheikh, which is at the tip of the

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Saudis Buying Israeli Drones Via South Africa?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Are the Saudis purchasing Israeli drones through South Africa? 2. Egypt reportedly destroyed a 3 km-long Hamas tunnel containing mortars, engineering equipment, and generators. YNet notes why the discovery’s timing came at a very awkward time for Hamas: This tunnel was found as an additional round of talks between a Hamas

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