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U.S. to Put Pressure on Israel Through Support for French UN Measure?

U.S. to Put Pressure on Israel Through Support for French UN Measure?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Security Council is setting a deadline for a negotiated settlement of the conflict and the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, possibly within two years according to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. The U.S. appears to be putting pressure on Israel by leaving the possibility open that it

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Saudis Launch Airstrikes on Houthis in Yemen

Today’s Top Stories 1. Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on Houthi positions in Yemen. The US confirmed it’s providing logistical and intelligence support for Operation Decisive Storm. Iran demanded an immediate halt to the attacks. More at Al-Arabiya. Meanwhile, Israeli officials are trying to keep tabs on the safety of Yemen’s remaining 100 or so Jews. The Jews

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Saudi Military to Intervene in Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Saudis are beefing up their military presence along their border with Yemen. US officials told Reuters the deployment looks defensive, but YNet says the signs point to a Saudi offensive. Will the Saudis intervene in the civil war? 2. YNet: Israel freezing construction in Har Homa; 1,500 housing units on

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Israel and US Boycott UN Human Rights Meeting

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the US boycotted today’s session of the UN Human Rights Council. Hillel Neuer explains in a nutshell council that the council debated seven reports (see ‘em all at links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) targeting Israel. By the end of this week, the council will also adopt four

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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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Hamas Offers Long Term Calm

Today’s Top Stories 1. PA security forces have arrested more than 100 Hamas members in the last two weeks. YNet reports: The operations reached a climax on Sunday night when – in an unusual step – the forces arrested 40 Hamas members, including released detainees, academics, and students in a coordinated effort conducted in multiple

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Did PA End Security Coordination With Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian Foreign Minister to Ann Curry of NBC News: The Netanyahu regime “should be annihilated” Curry: The supreme leader seven months ago tweeted: “This barbaric wolf-like and infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime, has no cure but to be annihilated.”   Zarif: “Because this is a regime – we’re

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Netanyahu’s Iran Speech: The Fallout and Spin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the video and transcript. See below for more fallout and commentary. 2. Argentina wants to revive a joint “truth commission” with Iran to get to the bottom of bury the 1994 bombing of the Buenos

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Iran Rejects Nuclear Freeze

Today’s Top Stories Prime Minister Netanyahu was due to begin his address to Congress after this roundup was published. 1. Iran rejected any temporary freeze on its nuclear activities.Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was responding to President Obama’s Reuters interview (see summary or  full transcript). The president confirmed the much-talked-about sunset clause. 2. International Atomic Energy Agency chief

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Media Spotlight on Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. On the day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, interest and discussion has reached a fevered pitch. Demand for tickets is off the charts — “10 times as many requests as there are seats available,” Politico reports. Today, the prime minister addressed the AIPAC conference — a brief warm up for the

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