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Will Nuclear Deal Formally Recognize Iranian Spheres of Influence?

Will Nuclear Deal Formally Recognize Iranian Spheres of Influence?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nuclear negotiators agreed to extend the talks deadline till Friday. According to Haaretz, an agreement might be reached by this weekend. Iran’s latest demand is for an end to an arms embargo: So far, the Americans, British and French have refused to discuss this demand, because the sanctions on arms sales

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Iranian Nuke Talks Down to the Wire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hopes for an Iranian agreement by tomorrow’s deadline are fading quickly. According to Reuters, what’s holding things up are UN sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and the lifting of an arms embargo. 2. While Iran was talking peace in Vienna, Jordan busted an Iranian operative with 100 lbs of explosives. According to

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50 Killed in Sinai Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. 50 people were killed in Sinai terror attacks. Casualty figures that don’t distinguish between terrorists and their victims can imply a moral equivalence between terrorists and their victims, but in this case, Reuters says Egyptian officials haven’t offered any breakdown. With clashes continuing, Israel closed its border crossings with both Egypt and Gaza.

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Islamic Terror Strikes France, Tunisia, and Kuwait

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic terrorists struck France, Tunisia, and Kuwait this weekend, killing a combined 66 people. The French suspect, Yassin Salhi, was allegedly involved in an anti-Semitic attack in 2012. 2. As the deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks ticks down to June 30, press reports say negotiators will indeed stay past the

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Will “Moral Minority” Reject UN’s Gaza Report?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli officials concede they can’t stop the UN Human Rights Council from adopting the Schabas report, so they’re focusing on getting a “moral minority” of democracies to vote against it and blunt its legitimacy. More at Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. The latter adds: In general, the sense in Jerusalem is

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Abbas Dissolves Unity Government With Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA government resigned and Mahmoud Abbas tasked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new cabinet. Abbas objects to the Hamas-Israel rapprochement, which the Times of Israel elaborates on. Others, like Reuters bureau chief, Luke Baker, note they’ve seen this dance before. 2. Israel’s Justice Ministry is reportedly getting ready to take legal action against BDS

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Hamas to Declare Gaza Sovereignty?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the PA reached an agreement on tax transfers that were frozen when the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court. The Times of Israel reports that unpaid electricity bills were factored in. 2. The White House suggested that Iran could get significant economic relief immediately after signing a nuclear deal.

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Syrian Army Resumes Chemical Weapon Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp told AFP and Channel 4 that ISIS forces have largely withdrawn from the camp. Don’t hold your breath for waiting for any media conversation on matters like disproportionate force, civilian casualties, attacking hospitals, etc. What happens in Yarmouk stays in Yarmouk. “Today there are no more

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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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