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Egypt’s Gas Find Upends Israeli Energy Plans

Egypt’s Gas Find Upends Israeli Energy Plans

Today’s Top Stories 1. The “largest Mediterranean gas field” found off Egypt’s coast could meet the country’s natural gas needs for decades. The Zohr gas field‘s estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas is double the amount held in Israel’s Leviathan off shore field. Zohr certainly shakes up Israeli plans. Haaretz notes that Egyptian purchases


Egypt Nabs Hamas Commandos In Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gazans nabbed by gunmen Egyptian intelligence in the Sinai were Hamas naval commandos en route to Iran for training. Avi Issacharoff explains that Hamas has simply pushed Egypt too far. 2. If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that Assad’s tender will only take effect when


CNN Smearing Iran Deal Critics With Dual Loyalty Charge?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The father of the Palestinian baby killed in the Duma arson attack died of his injuries. Saad Dawabsha was buried in Nablus. Afterwards, the PA announced it would pursue Israel diplomatically, while Hamas called on Palestinians to take revenge. Israel is bracing for escalation in the West Bank. Israel arrested nine


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


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


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


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


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


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