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Hamas Confirms Dialogue With Israel

Hamas Confirms Dialogue With Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Today’s big story is that Israel has been in secret dialogue with Hamas for several weeks. Both sides have an interest in keeping Gaza calm. The cooperation is “partly direct” and partly through Qatari and European mediators, according YNet. (Hamas official Ahmed Yousef confirmed to Maan News that Hamas is having

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Nepal Quake: 250 Israelis Unaccounted For

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nepal hit by massive earthquake and aftershocks; as this roundup went to press, the death toll passed 2,200. Israel dispatched a team of experts to assess the situation and is preparing to deploy a field hospital, search and rescue personnel, and a Magen David Adom team. According to Israeli press reports, 170

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US Confirms Israeli Assessments of Iranian Breakout Time

Today’s Top Stories 1. Eli Lake got the scoop: De-classified US documents confirm what Israel has said time and again: Iran is just two or three months away from enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Moreover, the Obama administration has held this assessment for several years. What changed? Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama

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Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Today’s Top Stories 1. You’ll be floored to learn that replacing a carpet in the Dome of the Rock is raising an unholy controversy. Israeli antiquities officials say the Islamic Waqf isn’t letting them document previously unseen floor designs; the Waqf called the Israeli charges threadbare. Are archaeologists’s concerns being swept under the rug? AP leaves us

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Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Today’s Top Stories 1. The good news from the Yarmouk refugee camp is that ISIS is gone. The bad news? The Al Qaida-affiliated Jahbat al-Nusra (better known as the Nusra Front) controls the camp. Moreover, the Irish Times reports that the Nusra Front colluded with ISIS to weaken a rival Hamas-linked group calling itself Aknaf Beit

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Russia to Supply Advanced Air Defense System to Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia lifted a ban on selling Iran an advanced S-300 air-defense missile system as part of a larger oil-for-goods deal. Israeli officials told the Times of Israel that if the sale goes ahead, it’ll change the Mideast balance of power. More at Reuters. Israeli officials said supply of the system to

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Palestinians Join Forces With Assad Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a week off from the computer, there’s a lot developments and fallout with the Iranian nuclear understanding to catch up on. The White House is touting an understanding but contradictory accounts of what’s been agreed to and criticisms from heavyweight personalities like Henry Kissinger and nuclear experts are dogging the

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Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)

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Israel Re-Elects Netanyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. Benyamin Netanyahu and Likud won yesterday’s elections. See below for what happened, what’s next, and what it means. 2. Oops, he did it again. John Kerry plugged Ayatollah Khamenei’s non-existent nuclear fatwa. 3. Brazilian media reports are backing Alberto Nisman’s claims of an Argentina-Iran conspiracy, with allegations are bigger than we

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