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Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Lebanon are on a collision course over offshore gas, with Hezbollah deliberately escalating the problem. Globes reports in articles one and two. The establishment of a new government in Lebanon, however, has completely changed the situation. Through the Lebanese political parties associated with it, Hezbollah has made sure that

Iranian Rocket Factories in Lebanon?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel, Iran has set up underground rocket factories in Lebanon, and they’re under the full control of Hezbollah. Hundreds have reportedly been trained by the university in rocket manufacturing techniques.   The manufacturing sites are located some 50 meters (160

UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media: “As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah

Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains: Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.   The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March

Is Hezbollah Using US Arms Taken From Lebanese Army?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s now using US weapons supplied to the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to an IDF officer quoted by Haaretz. And how did Hezbollah get its hands on the “Made in the USA” arms and vehicles? The senior officer added that while it is not clear under which circumstances Hezbollah obtained the

NY Blacklists Pro-BDS Businesses

Today’s Top Stories 1. The New York Post, the state of New York has already begun a blacklist of companies it won’t do business with over their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Meanwhile, Ontario became the first Canadian province to pass anti-BDS legislation resolution. Last but not least, an anti-BDS

Hezbollah Ally Elected Lebanese President

Today’s Top Stories 1. Following two years of stalemate, Lebanon’s parliament elected Gen. Michel Aoun as president. Aoun, an 81-year-old Maronite Christian, aligned his Free Patriotic Party with Hezbollah back in 2006, which is why analysts say his victory is good news for Hezbollah and Iran (or maybe not that much). Lebanon has been without a

PA to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA is preparing legal action against Britain for issuing the Balfour declaration almost 100 years ago. Since the Mideast conflict is so messed up, why stop with Balfour? The PA should also sue Britain and France (for the the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement), Britain and

Israel Approves Fence Along Northern Jordanian Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Defense officials approved a fence along the northern Jordan border to prevent jihadist infiltrations. Fear of scenarios in which booby-trapped cars speed towards the border or shootings occur prompted the plan, which was drawn up by the Defense Ministry and approved by senior ministry officials.   This stretch of the fence

US, Iran At Odds Over Nuclear Deal ‘Add-On Document’

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to a document seen by the Associated Press, “key restrictions” imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by last year’s accord “will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact.” Israeli officials told the Times of Israel

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