Tag Archives: Mahmoud Abbas

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Audit of UN Gaza Aid Finds Supervision Problems

Audit of UN Gaza Aid Finds Supervision Problems

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gaza construction funding was ‘incorrectly’ handled by non-staff UN personnel, according to an audit of the UN Development Program. It’s not pleasant to read about the lack of oversight. Taken together, the findings in the carefully manicured audit report — which was vetted by UNDP management at the affected office — point

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Tehran Outraged As Abbas Meets With Iranian Opposition

Today’s Top Stories 1. Tehran blasted Mahmoud Abbas for meeting an Iranian opposition leader in Paris over the weekend, saying the PA leader “has been a collaborator with the Central Intelligence Agency for a long time.” 2. Looks like the US and Israel came up with a compromise on a key sticking point of the

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Iranian Commander Makes Mysterious Visit to Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian commander makes mysterious visit to Israel-Syria border. 2. Will the Nusra Front — the largest jihadist group in Syria fighting against the Assad regime and Hezbollah — cut ties with Al-Qaida? The impact of any imminent Al-Nusra split from Al-Qaeda will depend on how the move is carried out and

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Abbas Sets Preconditions for Cairo Peace Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is reverting back to form, insisting on preconditions before agreeing to join Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a potential Cairo peace summit. The preconditions: A settlement construction freeze, negotiations based on the pre-1967 borders, and timeline for the talks. Officials in Jerusalem

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World Mourns Elie Wiesel

Today’s Top Stories 1. The world mourned the passing of Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. The 87-year-old Wiesel — often described as “the conscience of the world” — is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marion, and a son, Shlomo Elisha Wiesel. See obituaries at Haaretz, Times of Israel, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington

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PLO: Jews Aren’t Poisoning Palestinian Wells After All

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PLO retracted a claim in last week’s speech that rabbis were instructing Jews to poison Palestinian wells. I was impressed with reporter Diaa Hadid’s healthy skepticism in the New York Times along with a link to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which continues peddling this anti-Semitic libel. AP and

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Abbas Snubs Rivlin in Brussels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin in Brussels despite A) prodding from European officials B) Rivlin’s willingness for a little jaw-jaw, and C) Abbas’s history of claims that he’s willing to “immediately” meet with Israeli leaders. Rivlin called Abbas’s snub “strange.” So now Abbas

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Israel to Build Hi-Tech Gaza Barrier

Today’s Top Stories 1. Within two years Israel to complete a new Gaza barrier with tech that senses incursions above and below ground. 2. Members of a Jewish terror network suspected of several attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, including the firebombing of buildings that had people inside, have been arrested by Israeli security

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Russian Role in Lebanon to Blunt Hezbollah Influence?

Today’s Top Stories 1. NOW Lebanon has my antennae twitching. Lebanese opposition leaders are courting Moscow in an effort to blunt Hezbollah and Iranian influence on the country. A new Russian role in Lebanon would add to Vladimir Putin’s weight in the Mideast. Hmmmmm. 2. Mahmoud Abbas suspended funds to the PFLP — not because the

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Identities of 22,000 Islamic State Recruits Leaked

Today’s Top Stories 1. A disgruntled ex-jihadi gave Sky News a stolen memory stick containing the names, addresses and phone numbers of 22,000 Islamic State recruits from 51 countries. All had filled out a 23-question form before being inducted into the IS ranks. But the key breakthrough from the documents is the revealing of the

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