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Egypt Discovers ‘Enormous’ Gaza Tunnels

Egypt Discovers ‘Enormous’ Gaza Tunnels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt discovered massive tunnels from Gaza into the Sinai large enough to drive trucks through. They’re unusually long too, which has the IDF concerned. YNet explains: These enormous tunnels, some of which stretch for over three kilometers, are designed to traverse the security zone Egypt set up between the border with

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Oberlin’s Trustees Denounce Professor’s Anti-Semitic Posts

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sanity prevails (for now) at Oberlin, as the college’s powers-that-be threw down the gauntlet on anti-Semitism. The Washington Post explains: Oberlin College’s Board of Trustees has labeled social media posts by Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, as “anti-Semitic and abhorrent” and has demanded that school leaders “challenge the assertion

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Egypt’s Parliament Expels Lawmaker Who Met Israeli Envoy

Today’s Top Stories 1. By a two-thirds vote, Egyptian parliamentarians expelled MP Tawfik Okasha for meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to Cairo, Haim Koren. I wonder if suspended Israeli-Arab MK Haneen Zoabi will show solidarity with the brave Egyptian lawmaker or the small-minded MPs who expelled him. 2. A letter by an Islamic State fighter to

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Russia Using Israeli Drones in Syria?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egyptian MP Tawfik Okasha was attacked in parliament for hosting Israel’s ambassador, Haim Koren, for dinner. If you’re wondering what Okasha and Koren discussed, Reuters reports: Koren confirmed to Reuters that he and his staff had a three-hour dinner meeting at the Egyptian lawmaker’s home on Wednesday evening.   “He proposed

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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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Israel Indicts Jewish Extremists in Deadly Firebombing

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** Just after this roundup went out, breaking reports of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood. Developing . . . 1. A massive Tel Aviv manhunt continued for the gunman who opened fire on a downtown pub, killing two Israelis and injuring seven more. The suspect, Nashat

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Israeli Ire as UN Watchdog Ends Probe of Iranian Nukes

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Atomic Energy Agency decided to end its probe of Iran’s past nuclear activities, paving the way for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the beginning of sanctions relief. See Wall St. Journal coverage via (Google News) and Reuters. In Jerusalem, Israeli officials denounced the watchdog’s decision as “political, not

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Egypt’s Gas Find Upends Israeli Energy Plans

Today’s Top Stories 1. The “largest Mediterranean gas field” found off Egypt’s coast could meet the country’s natural gas needs for decades. The Zohr gas field‘s estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas is double the amount held in Israel’s Leviathan off shore field. Zohr certainly shakes up Israeli plans. Haaretz notes that Egyptian purchases

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Swiss Government ‘Regrets’ Ambassador’s Tasteless Bibi Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did the Arab Spring hit Gaza this weekend? Gaza beach corn vendor attempts suicide after Hamas ‘harassment’ 2. Switzerland “expressed regret” after its ambassador to Iran displayed a tasteless cartoon of peace doves defecating on Prime Minister Netanyahu. Ambassador Giulio Haas was addressing businessmen in Zurich, encouraging them to invest in

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Egypt Nabs Hamas Commandos In Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gazans nabbed by gunmen Egyptian intelligence in the Sinai were Hamas naval commandos en route to Iran for training. Avi Issacharoff explains that Hamas has simply pushed Egypt too far. 2. If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that Assad’s tender will only take effect when

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