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Israel, US Agree on $38B Military Aid Package

Israel, US Agree on $38B Military Aid Package

Today’s Top Stories 1. After months of negotiations, Israel and the US agreed on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) governing the next decade of US military aid to Israel. Reuters reports the 10-year package is worth $38 billion, “representing the biggest pledge of US military assistance ever made to any country.” Haaretz adds that Israel’s

Italian Journalist Suspended for Ties to Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel busted Hezbollah terror cells in the West Bank. Members in towns such as Kalkilya were recruited through Facebook by Hezbollah operatives working in Lebanon and Gaza. 2. Following up on Michele Moni — the Italian journalist who duped Israeli political leaders and soldiers into interviews which subsequently appeared on a

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

World Mourns Elie Wiesel

Today’s Top Stories 1. The world mourned the passing of Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. The 87-year-old Wiesel — often described as “the conscience of the world” — is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marion, and a son, Shlomo Elisha Wiesel. See obituaries at Haaretz, Times of Israel, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington

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

Israel Arrests Journalist on Terror Suspicions

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, police confirmed to the Times of Israel that a journalist who works for the Iranian news outlet al-Alam was arrested in the Golan Heights on terror suspicions. Bassem Safadi is suspected of disseminating information promoting terror, which falls under an law forbidding

Gazans Admit Fearing Hamas Tunnels Too

Today’s Top Stories 1. Worth reading: Thumbs up to the New York Times for a heckuva dispatch about Gazans living in dread of Hamas’ tunnels. Palestinians told reporter Diaa Hadid they hear the sounds of digging and fret about the consequences of tunnels in their civilian areas, validating what Israelis in Netiv Ha-Asara are also hearing). A neighbor

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.

Radio Station: Happy Birthday Israel Message Too Toxic to Air

Today’s Top Stories 1. For sponsoring a day’s broadcast of Michigan Public Radio, Lisa Lis was told she was entitled to have a message broadcast on the air. She chose a four-word sentence, “Happy 68th birthday, Israel.” The station rejected that line as too radioactive, saying, “this message would compromise the station’s commitment to impartiality and

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