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Obama Secures Senate Approval for Iran Deal

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


Israeli Air Strike Kills Hezbollah and Iranian Commanders

Today’s Top Stories 1. We now know that yesterday’s Israeli airstrike in the Syrian Golan killed Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, and six Iranians, most prominently General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. An Israeli security source (anonymously) confirmed to Reuters that the IDF carried out the attack. YNet lays out what the


ICC Opens Investigation of Gaza War

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Shortly before this roundup was published, media reports said an Israeli helicopter fired missiles into the Syrian Golan, near Quneitra. Neither Israel nor Syria confirmed the strike, and it’s not yet clear what was targeted. 1. The International Criminal Court opened a “preliminary” investigation of  possible war crimes


Prosecutor: Argentine President Covered Up Iran Role in AMIA Bombing

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prosecutor claims Argentina’s president illegally covered up Iran’s role in 1994 bombing of Jewish community center. See coverage in the Times of Israel and Buenos Aires Herald. Alberto Nisman filed a 300-page complaint naming President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and others of seeking to “erase” Iran’s role