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IDF Under Fire Along Egyptian Border

IDF Under Fire Along Egyptian Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Breaking news: As today’s roundup went to press, there were early reports of an IDF patrol along the Egyptian border coming under fire. The IDF confirmed that two soldiers were injured. The army returned fire on the unknown assailants. Egyptian forces reportedly clashed with the presumably same gunmen. The IDF is trying to

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Obama to Freeze Congress Out of Bad Iranian Nuclear Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. With the clock ticking on nuclear negotiations with Iran, the New York Times raises a scenario sure to create Israeli anxiety. What if the White House reached an agreement allowing Iran to remain a “nuclear threshold state” and suspend most sanctions, while freezing Congress out of the process? Could President Obama

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What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Druze community of the Israeli Golan is undergoing a shift in loyalty towards the Jewish state. The four-year-old Syrian civil war has been a wake up call towns like Majdal Shams. But as the war in Syria worsens and new ideas continue to take hold, few here see much benefit

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Two Israeli Soldiers Wounded by Northern Border Bomb

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israeli soldiers have been wounded on the Lebanese border after a bomb reportedly exploded next to an Israeli tank. The army said the bomb was “activated against them during activity along the Israel-Lebanon border… Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers.” Hezbollah

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Northern Border Skirmish Injures Lebanese Soldier

Today’s Top Stories 1. A skirmish between Israeli troops and Lebanese forces on the northern border left one Lebanese Army soldier injured on Sunday. The IDF said that its troops opened fire on “suspects” attempting to cross the border from Lebanon, apparently hitting one and forcing them to retreat. Channel 10 reports that the Israeli defense establishment

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Ayatollah’s Health Sparks Talk of Succession

Today’s Top Stories 1. Images of Iran’s hospitalized supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are sparking speculation over his successor as well as an unprecedented Iranian media blitz. The 75-year-old Khamenei recently underwent prostate surgery. Reuters explains: “The clergy are looking for somebody to guarantee the interests of the clergy. The Revolutionary Guards are looking for

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Secret Back-Channel Tightens Israel-PA Cooperation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting YNet scoop: An unidentified senior Israeli official has been secretly meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “to tighten cooperation and coordination” on getting Gaza back on its feet. 2. In its fight against ISIS, the White House lifted rules on airstrikes meant to protect civilians. A White House statement

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British Intelligence in Secret Contact With Assad?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas kicked off for a few hours in Cairo, then adjourned until “late October” for a crowded month of Jewish and Muslim holidays. The Jewish New Year, followed by the Day Atonement and the week-long festival of Sukkot, coincides with the Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca culminating

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Iran Seeks Nuclear Flexibility For Help Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Mudar Zahran discussed the Gaza war with regular Palestinians. Everyone was fearful of Hamas and spoke anonymously about the extent the general population was used as a human shield. The whole story’s worth reading; this snippet in particular caught my eye: One, a renowned Gazan academic, who spoke on

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Kerry: Iran and Syria vs ISIS if U.S. Fails

Today’s Top Stories 1. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has suggested that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the U.S. was “failing miserably” in its efforts to defeat the jihadists. Coverage of this in the Daily Telegraph includes this exchange between Marco Rubio and Kerry

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