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Israel Sliding Towards Early Elections

Israel Sliding Towards Early Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Likud party agreed to dissolve the government and move to early elections. Things could still change, but the likelihood too high to ignore. The Times of Israel explains in a nutshell: The preliminary vote on the dissolution bills will take place Wednesday, with the third and final vote formally setting

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Can UNESCO Save Jewish Heritage Sites From ISIS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. UNESCO seeks to save Jewish sites in Iraq from ISIS destruction. But will a plan come together in time to save the tombs of the Biblical prophets, Ezekiel, Daniel and Nahum? More at Israel HaYom. 2. Kurdish source cast doubt on reports that Canadian-Israeli citizen Gill Rosenberg was captured by ISIS,

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Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support. Reuters looks at Qatar’s ambiguity: First, Qatar’s decision

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Did Egypt Discover Hundreds More Tunnels?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel shut down the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings with Gaza after a Palestinian rocket was fired on Friday. The Rafah border crossing with Egypt was already closed as the Egyptians worked on a buffer zone. Media reports say Egypt discovered hundreds of tunnels leading into Sinai. According to a

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Northern Border Skirmish Injures Lebanese Soldier

Today’s Top Stories 1. A skirmish between Israeli troops and Lebanese forces on the northern border left one Lebanese Army soldier injured on Sunday. The IDF said that its troops opened fire on “suspects” attempting to cross the border from Lebanon, apparently hitting one and forcing them to retreat. Channel 10 reports that the Israeli defense establishment

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The Arab Spring Arrives on Israel’s Doorstep

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Arab Spring has finally dropped on Israel’s doorstep: Israeli officials begin to ponder the degree of threat from al-Qaeda, now firmly entrenched along the Golan border. “Under the 1974 armistice agreement, the Syrian army were not allowed to be close to the border with Israel,” said the Israeli commander, who

Rockets and Retaliation Resume

Today’s Top Stories 1. As this roundup was being published, Israeli media reported that three rockets fired from Gaza landed near Beer Sheva before the end of a 24-hour ceasefire, and that the IDF was given orders to respond. Israeli diplomats recalled from Cairo. Will the situation cool down in time to get diplomacy back

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Gaza Conflict Day 23: Hamas Seeks Hezbollah Intervention

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the third time now, Palestinian rockets were found in an UNRWA school. Three is a magic number because, as a senior editor once told me, the first time something happens, you say hmmmm. The second time, maybe it’s a coincidence. But three? That’s a pattern screaming for scrutiny. Later in

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Gaza Conflict Day 17: UN Human Rights Council Launches Inquiry

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US cancelled its ban on flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport but some airlines are saying they’re not ready to wing it just yet. The Times of Israel, JTA and Irish Times look at the significance of what Hamas pulled off. For the latest flight updates, just go to

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Gaza Conflict Day 2: Hamas Escalates Rocket Fire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Escalation marked the second day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas fired a Syrian-made M302 rocket at Hadera. Later in the day, rockets reached Zichron Yaakov, a coastal town about 120 km away from Gaza and just south of Haifa, representing the longest Palestinian rocket strike on Israel yet. According to Israeli

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