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Supreme Court Sends Ehud Olmert to Jail for Bribery

Supreme Court Sends Ehud Olmert to Jail for Bribery

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s Supreme Court sentenced ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert to 18 months in prison, making him the first prime minister convicted of any crime. A lower court had sentenced him to six years in jail for two counts of bribery associated with the Holyland affair, but the Supreme Court overturned one of

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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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Congress Targets Hezbollah Finances

Today’s Top Stories 1. Congress approved a bill targeting Hezbollah financing by banning or sanctioning banks that do business with the terror group. The legislation also targets Hezbollah’s television channel Al-Manar by aiming to cut the broadcast of satellite operators that air the channel’s programming. More on other US efforts to defund Hezbollah at the

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Hamas Funding Islamic State in Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is funding Islamic State in Sinai. In a nutshell, YNet describes the mutually beneficial arrangement with Hamas providing IS with money, training, and logistical support. In return, IS secures the smuggling of needed weapons and equipment into Gaza: Israeli officials believe that if the situation escalates on the Gaza front, both ISIS

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State Dept. Admits Iranian Nuke Deal Not Legally Binding

Today’s Top Stories 1. The State Dept. admitted in a letter obtained by the National Review that the Iranian nuclear deal is not legally binding, and that no Iranian official ever signed it. Meanwhile, the UN’s chief nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said there are still no assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is all peaceful.

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Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel carry out an airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria yesterday? Syrian opposition sources say 13 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in the Qalamoun area. Israel has never confirmed or denied carrying out air strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war. Israeli

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Blaming Israel for Paris Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. Margot Wallstrom, Sweden’s Foreign Minister, blamed Israel for the Paris attacks. “To counteract the radicalization we must go back to the situation such as the one in the Middle East of which not the least the Palestinians see that there is no future: we must either accept a desperate situation or

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Russia Breaking With Iran and Hezbollah?

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly after this roundup was published, reports of a car-ramming attack near Hebron. A Border Police officer was injured. The driver was shot and killed at the scene. 1. Russia seems to be changing its stance on Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition figures have been invited to Moscow for

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Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran says it began implementing the nuclear accord: According to Reuters, the mullahs began decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges. 2. Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews. Sheikh Ali Halabi said in a video distributed via social media that Jews can be killed during war only, and that killing them

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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

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