Tag Archives: European Union


Shimon Peres ‘Drastically Deteriorating’

Shimon Peres ‘Drastically Deteriorating’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Shortly before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that “the medical status of former President Shimon Peres has drastically deteriorated,” and that “the neurological damage to the former president is irreversible.” The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized two weeks ago after suffering a major stroke. Developing . . . 2. Turkey’s Jews


Syrian Rebel Leader Quits After Interview With Israeli

Today’s Top Stories 1. Syrian rebel leader quits after interview with Israeli. YNet explains what happened when Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking interviewed various Syrians in southern Turkey. “Over the years I’ve interviewed activists, fighters, civic leaders, and politicians – almost always on condition of anonymity,” she explained. “This


UN Aid Worker Arrested for Helping Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel arrested a UN aid worker it accused of using his position to help Hamas. Wahid Abdullah Burash, an employee of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) “allegedly helped build a naval marina for use by Hamas’s military in northern Gaza.” The Jerusalem Post reports: Burash also reportedly convinced his manager


US, Iran At Odds Over Nuclear Deal ‘Add-On Document’

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to a document seen by the Associated Press, “key restrictions” imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by last year’s accord “will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact.” Israeli officials told the Times of Israel


State Dept. Funded Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

Today’s Top Stories 1. A US Senate report revealed that US taxpayer money was indirectly used to influence Israelis to vote against Benjamin Netanyahu during last year’s Israeli elections. The State Dept. sent money to an organization called OneVoice, which channeled the money to V15 (short for Victory 2015), which raised suspicions in Jerusalem at


Abbas Snubs Rivlin in Brussels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin in Brussels despite A) prodding from European officials B) Rivlin’s willingness for a little jaw-jaw, and C) Abbas’s history of claims that he’s willing to “immediately” meet with Israeli leaders. Rivlin called Abbas’s snub “strange.” So now Abbas


Russia’s Syria Pullout: What Does it Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia began withdrawing military forces from Syria. Hezbollah may have begun withdrawing its forces from Syria too, according to Arab media reports that I don’t know how to judge. Could this be related to Vladimir Putin’s short-notice invitation to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for a working meeting? Rivlin flies to Moscow today.


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


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


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