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Senior Hamas Figure Reportedly Defects to Israel

Senior Hamas Figure Reportedly Defects to Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Palestinian media reports, a senior Hamas figure with extensive knowledge about the Gaza tunnel network defected to Israel. Haaretz writes: [Bassam Mahmoud] Baraka reportedly went to the border fence and gave himself up to soldiers who were waiting for him. According to the reports, he was carrying a laptop.

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After the Paris Peace Summit: Now What?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “yes” to regional peace talks under the framework of the 2002 Saudi peace initiative. Meanwhile, Friday’s Paris peace parley ended with a call for another conference by the end of the year. The Palestinians are unhappy because all they got

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Hamas Executes Three Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas executed three Palestinians this morning who had been convicted of murder in separate cases. The Daily Telegraph notes that they were not carried out in public, as Hamas had claimed they would when first announcing the executions. Reuters, AP, and the BBC, among others, picked up on this. 2. Prime

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Hamas to Publicly Execute 13 Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas announced that it’s planning a series of public executions. According to AFP, the 13 Palestinians on death row were convicted of criminal offenses, “mostly murder connected to robberies.” Of the more than 170 Palestinians sentenced to death since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, around 30 have been

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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

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Wealthy Palestinian, 19, Behind Bus Bombing; Hamas Claims Responsibility.

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel confirms that a 19 year old from a wealthy Palestinian family was behind a bus bombing last week, as Hamas claims responsibility. Bomber’s mother calls his attack, “self defense.” 2. France plans to hold peace summit on Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but will Israelis and Palestinians want to take part? 3. Jews arrested by Israeli police

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Israel to Build Hi-Tech Gaza Barrier

Today’s Top Stories 1. Within two years Israel to complete a new Gaza barrier with tech that senses incursions above and below ground. 2. Members of a Jewish terror network suspected of several attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, including the firebombing of buildings that had people inside, have been arrested by Israeli security

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