Tag Archives: International Criminal Court


Paris Terror Massacre: The Fallout

Paris Terror Massacre: The Fallout

Today’s Top Stories 1. Carnage in Paris after terrorists attacked a soccer match, concert, and several restaurants on Friday evening. As this round up went to press, the casualty count stood at 140  dead and 352 people injured. Islamic State claimed responsibility. I liked CNN‘s clear “What we know so far” breakdown, and the Daily Telegraph‘s live-blogging.


White House Gives Up on Mideast Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. With Prime Minister Netanyahu having left for the US today, one of the items on the agenda is renewing a 10-year defense agreement (referred to as a memorandum of understanding). According to Reuters, Israel is asking the US for $5 billion in military aid to offset threats from Iran. YNet asks,


Palestinians Burned Down a Bethlehem Church: Who Knew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the last 24 hours, there were four Palestinian stabbing attacks. See below for details. In case you missed yesterday’s roundup, I have decided to call the widening violence an “intifada.” Here’s Why I’m calling it an intifada. 2. Who knew? Palestinians influenced by Islamic State burned down the St. Charbel


Obama Secures Senate Approval for Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. The White House clinched its magic number of 34 senators supporting the Iran deal when Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland gave it her approval. Thirty four is the number needed to prevent opponents from scuttling the deal. Politico reports that the White House is now setting its sights on  securing 41


ICC Prosecutor Rejects Reopening Probe of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sanity prevails in The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court rejected an order to reopen her probe into flotilla deaths during the 2010 Israeli intercept of the Mavi Marmara. Times of Israel coverage. 2. Meet George Deek, Israel’s highest ranking Christian Arab diplomat. 3. There was an interesting


EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank: But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into


Two Israelis Missing in Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israelis disappeared in Gaza. The disclosure came after Haaretz got a gag order lifted. Hamas captured 28-year-old Avraham (Avera) Mengistu, a mentally ill Ethiopian Jew, after he climbed over the border fence last September. The second man, a Bedouin whose name has not been released, entered Gaza through the Erez


Israel to Nusra Front: Don’t Mess With Druze

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas reportedly discussing a 5-year truce. YNet writes: The truce proposal is said to stipulate that Israel allow the construction of a floating sea port off the Gaza coast, to be subject to Israeli or international supervision.   In return, Hamas would agree to cease fire for five years,


Hassan Nasrallah Hospitalized in Beirut?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF gave the New York Times an exclusive look at what it knows about Hezbollah’s latest human shield deployments. We’re talking about infantry and anti-tank positions, arms depots, rocket launching sites, signs of underground tunnels, and a command post all located in just one village. Now multiply that by many


Palestinians Join the International Criminal Court

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority has officially joined the International Criminal Court as of April 1 opening the possibility that Israeli politicians and military leaders could face war crimes charges in the future. The Daily Telegraph asks what this could mean for Israel and the PA: The Palestinians intend to formally lodge two