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IDF Warns of Preemptive Strikes in Sinai

IDF Warns of Preemptive Strikes in Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. What’s behind the IDF’s warnings about launching preemptive strikes in the Sinai on Islamic State? 2. The Knesset gave Israeli prison officials authorization to force-feed hunger-striking inmates. Israel has long been concerned that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails could end in death and trigger waves of protests in the occupied

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Palestinians Clash With Police on Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police clashed with Palestinians on the Temple Mount yesterday, during the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av. The Jerusalem Post posted footage of Palestinians barricaded in the Al-Aqsa Mosque throwing rocks and firecrackers at police. The rioting took place as tens of thousands of Jews fasted and made a pilgrimage to the

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Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned

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Aerial Drone From Gaza Crashes in Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Could Israel hack Hezbollah’s rockets? 2. The US Senate passed legislation against efforts to boycott Israel. The language was piggybacked onto the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which the White House is expected to sign into law. See Times of Israel coverage, plus the Jerusalem Post‘s background. 3. Just before this roundup

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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

Today’s Top Stories 1. The French telecom giant, Orange, severed ties with its Israeli subsidiary after CEO Stephane Richard provoked a firestorm by saying he’d cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if not for the huge penalties that would be incurred. Israeli officials demanded the French government denounce Richard’s boycott call. Partner Communications Ltd, which operates Orange’s Israeli

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Israeli Airstrike in Eastern Lebanon?

Today’s Top Stories 1. As this roundup went to press, there were conflicting reports of an alleged Israeli airstrike in eastern Lebanon, near the Syrian border. It’s not yet clear what may have been targeted or if there were casualties. 2. Syrian Druze could flee to Israel as Assad may abandon them to ISIS. Israeli Druze

Palestinians Drop Bid to Kick Israel Out of World Soccer

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians dropped their bid to kick Israel out of international soccer. Haaretz describes the compromise that was reached with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives: Then, the Congress passed an amended version of the Palestinian proposal, which called for the formation of a committee to look into freedom of

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Netanyahu Offers to Discuss Borders

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: Prime Minister Netanyahu told the EU’s Federica Mogherini he wants to resume peace talks, with an eye to “reach understandings on the borders of settlement blocs that Israel would annex under any peace agreement.” An Israeli source briefed on Netanyahu’s meeting with Federica Mogherini last Wednesday said the prime minister

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New Palestinian Fighting Force Emerges in Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian force fighting alongside Hezbollah in Syria is emerging as a new player. MEMRI introduces us to the “Galilee Forces” and why should Israel take note. The reports on the Galilee Forces joining the fighting in Al-Qalamoun alongside Hizbullah and the Syrian regime appeared alongside reports in the Arab press

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Russia Nixes Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Vatican made news by signing a treaty with the Palestinians governing the Holy See’s activities and legal status in the PA. News services, however, spun the story as the Vatican recognizing the state of Palestine. Fortunately, Washington Post reporter William Booth went against the grain, pointing out that the Vatican

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