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Israel to Play World Cup Qualifier in City That Boycotts Israel

Israel to Play World Cup Qualifier in City That Boycotts Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. YNet: An Israel-Spain World Cup qualifier coming up in March will be played in Gijon, northern Spanish city boycotting Israel: In light of the city’s attitude towards Israel, the Israel national team is not expecting a warm reception. “It makes us sick that the team has to come and play in

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Contentious Knesset Bills Delayed Amid Factional Friction

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two controversial Knesset bills were postponed to next week amid coalition infighting. We’re talking about the “Regulation bill,” which would retroactively legalize unrecognized settler outposts, and the “Muezzin bill,” which would bar mosques from using loudspeakers to call Muslims to prayer. The clock’s ticking on the Regulation bill: the legislation is

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First Major IDF-Islamic State Border Clash

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF and Islamic State had their first ever major exchange of fire this morning. Israeli forces traded fire along the Syrian border this morning east of Moshav Avnei Eitan. Credit the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) for the clearest summarizing snippet: An Israeli unit was conducting an operation

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Arab League Pressing Abbas for Successor

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is resisting significant pressure from the Arab League to appoint a successor. MEMRI picked up on Egyptian press reports. On November 16, the independent Egyptian Islamic daily Al-Misriyyoun published a lengthy report on this matter, according to which Abu Al-Gheit presented ‘Abbas with the names of three possible successors:

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Haaretz Columnist Quits Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Today’s Top Stories 1. After outing himself as the Israeli journalist who sexually harassed Danielle Berrin, veteran journalist Ari Shavit resigned from Haaretz and from Channel 10 where he offered commentary and analysis. Meanwhile, a second woman is accusing Shavit of similar harassment. Last week, Berrin, a Jewish American journalist created a stir by describing

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UNESCO Passes 2nd Resolution Denying Jewish, Christian Ties to Jerusalem

Today’s Top Stories 1. Once again, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization passed a resolution ignoring Jewish and Christian links to Jerusalem. Today’s resolution passed without the majority of UNESCO’s 21 board members. The Jerusalem Post explains: Instead, Tanzania and Croatia had asked for a secret ballot. When the votes were counted, only 10

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UN Official Seeks to Blacklist Businesses in Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s Commissioner on Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, is demanding a blacklist of Israeli and international companies doing business in the West Bank, Golan, and eastern Jerusalem to facilitate a boycott. Ties which can qualify a business for the Black List include those with any branches in

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Palestinian Kills Two in Jerusalem Drive-By Shooting

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israelis were killed and at least six injured in a Palestinian drive-by shooting at a light rail station in Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill neighborhood. Police Sgt.-Maj. Yosef Kirma, a 29 year-old member of a special patrol unit, and Levana Melihi, a Jerusalem resident in her 60s, were killed. The terrorist was was killed while firing on

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Israel Pays Respects to Shimon Peres

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israelis paid their respects to Shimon Peres today as he lay in state outside the Knesset. As flags fluttered at half-mast, thousands filed past his coffin to say their final goodbyes. Meanwhile, Israeli police geared up for the arrival of international dignitaries ahead of tomorrow morning’s state funeral. 2. After this

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World Mourns Death of Shimon Peres

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s gearing up for a massive state funeral after the death of its last remaining founding father, Shimon Peres. The 93-year-old Peres passed away in Tel Aviv’s Tel HaShomer Hospital after suffering a massive stroke two weeks ago. Peres will lie in state in the Knesset on Thursday until the Friday

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