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EU Warns of More Steps Against Settlements

EU Warns of More Steps Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories 1. EU envoy warns of more steps against Israeli settlements. 2. The Palestinian National Congress, which represents Palestinians both in the PA and the diaspora, is scheduled to meet for the first time in 20 years. The development further fuels speculation that Mahmoud Abbas is grooming Saeb Erekat as a successor. 3. The

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Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days. What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage

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Egypt Nabs Hamas Commandos In Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gazans nabbed by gunmen Egyptian intelligence in the Sinai were Hamas naval commandos en route to Iran for training. Avi Issacharoff explains that Hamas has simply pushed Egypt too far. 2. If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that Assad’s tender will only take effect when

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Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program. Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran

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Abbas Dissolves Unity Government With Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA government resigned and Mahmoud Abbas tasked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new cabinet. Abbas objects to the Hamas-Israel rapprochement, which the Times of Israel elaborates on. Others, like Reuters bureau chief, Luke Baker, note they’ve seen this dance before. 2. Israel’s Justice Ministry is reportedly getting ready to take legal action against BDS

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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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