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Egypt’s Parliament Expels Lawmaker Who Met Israeli Envoy

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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11.5% of Syrian Population Killed, Injured in Civil War

Today’s Top Stories 1. A report by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research on the conflict (picked up by The Guardian) finds 11.5% of population killed or injured. After five years of civil war, we’re talking about 470,000 dead, 1.9 million injured, and 45% of the population displaced: Of the 470,000 war dead counted by

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Gaza Tunnels Continue Collapsing

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli policewoman Hadar Cohen was laid to rest after succumbing to wounds from yesterday’s terror attack at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. Israeli security forces made a wave of arrests in a West Bank village near Jenin where the three terrorists came from. Police believe the three intended to attack a group of

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Police Thwart Jerusalem Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Three Palestinians armed with knives, guns and explosives were shot and killed at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate after they attacked some policewomen. Two officers were injured. All three terrorists were shot and killed; sappers defused two undetonated pipe bombs. More at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem Police spokesman Assi Aharoni said

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Leaked Recording Strains Hamas-Iran Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. A leaked audiotape is further straining already uneasy relations between Hamas and Iran. In an audiotape leaked to Arab media outlets, Musa Abu Marzouk is heard making a scathing attack on Iran’s leaders, saying they have not given Hamas anything since 2009.   It is not clear when, how or where

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World Lifts Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran is in compliance with its nuclear commitments, the world lifted sanctions on the Islamic Republic. With the lifting of sanctions, $100 billion in frozen assets were released, the Islamic Republic can resume selling oil on the international market (more on that at

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US Continued Eavesdropping on Israeli Leaders

Today’s Top Stories 1. Today’s big buzz is that the National Security Agency continued to electronically eavesdrop on Israeli officials for the White House (with Congressional assent) two years after President Obama promised the US wouldn’t snoop on the leaders of friendly countries. According to the Wall St. Journal (via Google News) the Obama administration

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European Union to Update Its Definition of Anti-Semitism

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s anti-Semitism czar, Katharina von Schnurbein, discussed Europe’s efforts to formulate an updated definition of anti-Semitism with the Times of Israel. “The definition of anti-Semitism is very disputed, even among Jews themselves. The main dissent revolves around the question of manifestations against the State of Israel. We’re currently looking into

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