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PA to Sever Ties With Israel If Statehood Bid Fails?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A team of Israelis doing maintenance work on the border fence with Gaza came under fire this morning. The IDF returned fire, killing a Hamas commander, according to Israeli media reports. One soldier was seriously injured. 2. Do you get the feeling Mahmoud Abbas is painting himself into a corner with rhetoric

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Canadian-Israeli Reportedly Captured By ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquitted on charges of murder and corruption. Take your pick of CNN, BBC, or New York Times coverage. The Daily Beast and Max Fisher comment on why the charges were dropped. But the simplest explanation is Calvinball in Cairo.     2. Canadian-Israeli citizen reportedly captured

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10-Year-Old Palestinians Vow to “Fight Till the End”

Today’s Top Stories 1. YNet: Palestinian youths, some as young as nine, rioted in eastern Jerusalem after Israel demolished the home of Abdel-Rahman Shaloudi, who plowed his car into a Jerusalem light rail station. The youths burnt tires, blocking the entrance to Shuafat, and threw stones at the police checkpoint. A number of children aged

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Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support. Reuters looks at Qatar’s ambiguity: First, Qatar’s decision

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Can the Palestinian Authority Survive Without the IDF?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas may threaten to end security cooperation with Israel, but can the Palestinian Authority survive without the IDF? Whether the Israeli withdrawal be quick or slow, Amidror asserted that without Israeli boots on the ground, Abbas had no realistic way of overcoming a Palestinian Islamic movement bent on his destruction.

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Palestinians Gauging UN Support for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Haaretz, Palestinian diplomats gauging support for statehood know it won’t get past the UN Security Council. Despite US and British opposition, the Palestinians seek a symbolic majority of council members. 2. An Egyptian activist who has advocated for the assassination of Israeli leaders was nominated for the EU’s prestigious

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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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Abbas Cracks Down on Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is cracking down on Hamas and threatening to break up the national unity government. Avi Issacharoff argues that it’s time to take Abbas very seriously: [Abbas] and his people are determined to make dramatic moves in relation to both Hamas and Israel. For Hamas, an ultimatum: there will be partnership in

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Abbas Unveils Strategy for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. If peace talks fail, Mahmoud Abbas will dump on Israel responsibility for administering the West Bank (Gaza too?). He’s eyeing an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years. More on the story at Haaretz and the Times of Israel. 2. Jerusalem Post: The European Union is threatening to ban all

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