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Christians Threaten to Leave PA Over Patriarchal Vicar’s Arrest

Christians Threaten to Leave PA Over Patriarchal Vicar’s Arrest

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority arrested Patriarchal Vicar Swerios Malki Murad. As head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, “Murad is the highest-ranked Christian clergyman to be arrested by the PA since its inception in 1994.” PA Prosecutors said Murad was arrested after a woman filed a civil complaint, but didn’t explain its nature. Around


World Lifts Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran is in compliance with its nuclear commitments, the world lifted sanctions on the Islamic Republic. With the lifting of sanctions, $100 billion in frozen assets were released, the Islamic Republic can resume selling oil on the international market (more on that at


PA Demands Muslim Oversight Over Jewish Visitors to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA demands full Muslim oversight over Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount. If not, the PA will (yawn) end security cooperation with Israel. 2. Adnan Gaith, who heads the Tanzim militia’s “organizational branch” in eastern Jerusalem told YNet that Mahmoud Abbas can’t control escalating Palestinian violence. The Tanzim militia is Fatah’s


Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking

Today’s Top Stories 1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the


Jonathan Pollard to Be Freed in November

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s official: A federal parole board decided that Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison in November. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst, has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. Reuters writes: The U.S. Justice Department helped smooth the way for the freeing of Pollard, who


Big Media Responds to the Iran Nuke Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Big Media responds to the Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary. 2. Are secret Israel-PA contacts and calming measures cooling down the West Bank? According to the Times of Israel: Palestinian measures have included halting, for the time being, applications to join UN agencies and other international


Is Turkey Reining in Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A computer virus associated with Israel targeted three European hotels while they were hosting Iranian nuclear talks. According to the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News): Researchers at the company acknowledge that many questions remain unanswered about how the virus was used and what information may have been stolen. Among the


Why Did Qatar Arrest a BBC News Crew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Reuters: Tehran is already anticipating oil sales once sanctions are lifted. What will Iran’s re-emergence in the world market mean for OPEC and oil prices? 2. Qatar arrested a BBC News crew investigating the treatment of migrant laborers in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Odder still, the four-man team led by correspondent


Russia Nixes Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Vatican made news by signing a treaty with the Palestinians governing the Holy See’s activities and legal status in the PA. News services, however, spun the story as the Vatican recognizing the state of Palestine. Fortunately, Washington Post reporter William Booth went against the grain, pointing out that the Vatican


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.