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Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947

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Terror Surge Shatters Weekend

Today’s Top Stories 1. The weekend saw a spike in Palestinian terror attacks. See below for a roundup of what happened and what the commentaries are saying. 2. Israel recently confirmed it will allow a delegation from the International Criminal Court to visit to assess whether the country could be put on trial for alleged war

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Syrian Rebel Leader Quits After Interview With Israeli

Today’s Top Stories 1. Syrian rebel leader quits after interview with Israeli. YNet explains what happened when Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking interviewed various Syrians in southern Turkey. “Over the years I’ve interviewed activists, fighters, civic leaders, and politicians – almost always on condition of anonymity,” she explained. “This

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PA Arrests Mayor Accused of Water Theft

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority arrested the mayor of a West Bank village along with 13 municipal employees suspected of being involved in on-going water theft. Officials from Sa’ir blamed residents for the diversion while also accusing the PA of lowering water pressure. 2. When you have tensions aplenty within Palestinian domestic politics,

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Turkey Accord Doesn’t End ICC Investigation of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Turkish diplomats signed an accord to re-normalize ties. The deal must now be approved by the Turkish parliament and Israeli cabinet. Expect it to pass, but not without a stormy debate in Jerusalem. Times of Israel coverage. Did nobody tell the UN Secretary General about the detente and the

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After the Paris Peace Summit: Now What?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “yes” to regional peace talks under the framework of the 2002 Saudi peace initiative. Meanwhile, Friday’s Paris peace parley ended with a call for another conference by the end of the year. The Palestinians are unhappy because all they got

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Hezbollah Commanders Smuggling Sons to Europe to Evade Syria Combat

Today’s Top Stories 1. What does US use of roof-knocking mean for the International Criminal Court’s view of Israel’s use of it? 2. The FBI arrested a man who planned to throw a bomb into an Aventura, Florida synagogue while it was crowded with Passover worshippers, Miami’s 7News reports. 3. According to Arab media reports

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Is White House Preparing New Peace Push?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The White House is preparing to jump-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks before the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, according to the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News). Options reportedly being weighed include offering a blueprint for talks, US support for a UN Security Council resolution, a speech or joint statement with

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Palestinian Fugitive Dies at PA’s Bulgarian Embassy

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian fugitive who eluded an Israeli extradition request by hiding in the PA embassy in Bulgaria died after apparently falling from the building’s fourth floor, according to Bulgarian media. Omar Nayef Zayed a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and two other Palestinians were convicted of

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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.

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