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Gaza Man Burns Himself: Electricity Crisis to Blame?

Gaza Man Burns Himself: Electricity Crisis to Blame?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Despite the arrival of a shipment of oil from Qatar, Gaza remains tense after Palestinian tried to burn himself to death. The Strip is in the midst of a severe electricity crisis which saw demonstrations against Hamas, but it’s not clear if the suicide attempt was related to that. 2. Israel

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Egypt Postpones UN Security Council Vote on Resolution Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories *** UPDATE *** After this roundup was published, Egypt decided to postpone today’s Security Council vote. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz reported this was due to heavy Israeli pressure on Cairo. 1. The UN Security Council is was due to vote on a resolution declaring that settlements “have no legal validity” and

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Is Hezbollah Using US Arms Taken From Lebanese Army?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s now using US weapons supplied to the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to an IDF officer quoted by Haaretz. And how did Hezbollah get its hands on the “Made in the USA” arms and vehicles? The senior officer added that while it is not clear under which circumstances Hezbollah obtained the

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Deadly Bombings Rock Mideast, Africa

Today’s Top Stories 1. Four bombings rocked the Mideast and Africa this weekend. Today, at least 25 people were killed in a bombing inside Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral. Also today in Somalia, a suicide truck bombing which killed 29 people at the Mogadishu Port. The Islamist al Shabaab claimed responsibility. On Saturday, in Istanbul, a

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German Firm Making Israeli Submarines Hacked

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** Just before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that Israel busted a Hamas cell plotting a terror attack with the goal of ultimately kidnapping Israelis to obtain the release of prisoners. See more at the Jerusalem Post and YNet. 1. Secrets were stolen in a massive cyber

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Netanyahu and Abbas to Meet in Paris?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Paris diplomats are still pushing their Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. Haaretz, picking up on French media, reports that President Francois Hollande wants to host the foreign ministers of 30-35 countries on or about December 21, and then follow-up soon after with a tripartite summit with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Israel objects

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Contentious Knesset Bills Delayed Amid Factional Friction

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two controversial Knesset bills were postponed to next week amid coalition infighting. We’re talking about the “Regulation bill,” which would retroactively legalize unrecognized settler outposts, and the “Muezzin bill,” which would bar mosques from using loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer. The clock’s ticking on the Regulation bill: the legislation is

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First Major IDF-Islamic State Border Clash

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF and Islamic State had their first ever major exchange of fire this morning. Israeli forces traded fire along the Syrian border this morning east of Moshav Avnei Eitan. Credit the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) for the clearest summarizing snippet: An Israeli unit was conducting an operation

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Back Channel Contact Between Hamas and International Criminal Court?

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** After this roundup was published, YNet reported that the Israeli Navy intercepted a Palestinian smuggling boat en route to Gaza. After the Navy opened fire, the vessel was destroyed by secondary explosions caused by weapons on board. Developing . . . 1. Is the International Criminal Court maintaining

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