Tag Archives: International Criminal Court

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Hezbollah Commanders Smuggling Sons to Europe to Evade Syria Combat

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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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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