Tag Archives: Gaza

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Rebels Surround Druze Village Near Israeli Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Khader, a Syrian Druze village near the Israeli border was surrounded by rebel forces.  (Spellings vary if you Google the name.) A smaller scale drama is taking place at a Druze enclave in the village of Khader, adjacent to the border with Israel. Opposition forces have now taken over two Syria

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Is Turkey Reining in Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A computer virus associated with Israel targeted three European hotels while they were hosting Iranian nuclear talks. According to the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News): Researchers at the company acknowledge that many questions remain unanswered about how the virus was used and what information may have been stolen. Among the

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What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas continues cracking down hard on ISIS supporters. But if ISIS popularity continues to rise in Gaza, it could make for some interesting bedfellows, according to the Financial Times (click via Google News). Some regional analysts now speculate that, were Isis’s influence to expand further in Gaza or Egypt’s adjoining Sinai peninsula,

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Soldiers’ “Testimonies” Break Credibility, Not Silence

Today’s Top Stories 1. A few papers picked up on Breaking the Silence’s 240 page collection of soldiers’ testimonies about last year’s Gaza war. But not complaining to superiors about ethical issues — rather anonymously slinging mud about unverifiable incidents — breaks credibility, not silence. This Washington Post snippet aptly sums up what you need to

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Hamas Confirms Dialogue With Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Today’s big story is that Israel has been in secret dialogue with Hamas for several weeks. Both sides have an interest in keeping Gaza calm. The cooperation is “partly direct” and partly through Qatari and European mediators, according YNet. (Hamas official Ahmed Yousef confirmed to Maan News that Hamas is having

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Hamas to Declare Gaza Sovereignty?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the PA reached an agreement on tax transfers that were frozen when the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court. The Times of Israel reports that unpaid electricity bills were factored in. 2. The White House suggested that Iran could get significant economic relief immediately after signing a nuclear deal.

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