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13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Stabbed to Death

13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Stabbed to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. A 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was stabbed to death in her bedroom this morning. The murderer, 17-year-old Palestinian named as Muhammad Taraireh, was shot and killed by responding security guards. YNet reports that Taraireh managed to climb over the security fence surrounding the Kiryat Arba settlement, which is located next to Hebron. The

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Turkey Accord Doesn’t End ICC Investigation of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Turkish diplomats signed an accord to re-normalize ties. The deal must now be approved by the Turkish parliament and Israeli cabinet. Expect it to pass, but not without a stormy debate in Jerusalem. Times of Israel coverage. Did nobody tell the UN Secretary General about the detente and the

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It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Six years after the Mavi Marmara crisis, Israeli and Turkish Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildirim announced that they reached an agreement in Rome to re-normalize ties. The agreement will be signed tomorrow and then go to the Israeli cabinet and Turkish parliament for confirmation. See Times of Israel and Hurriyet coverage, and Haaretz‘s good

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Swedish-Israeli Row Over Palestinian Deaths

Today’s Top Stories 1. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom called for a probe of “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians by Israelis. She was referring to about 130 Palestinians killed mostly while carrying out stabbing attacks, car-rammings, shootings, or in violent street clashes. Israeli officials across the political spectrum denounced Wallstrom; a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement

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State Dept. Discussed Secretly Backing Palestinian Riots

Today’s Top Stories 1. This latest revelation from released State Department emails will fuel suspicions of foreign meddling in Israeli affairs and raise questions about Hillary Clinton and the people surrounding her. Say it ain’t so, Hillary!   2. Sanctions on Iran may be lifted as early as Friday, so it’d be nice to know what’s going

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Samir Kuntar Killed in Air Strike

Today’s Top Stories 1. May he rest in pieces: Hezbollah confirmed that arch-terrorist Samir Kuntar was killed in an air strike on a Damascus apartment building this morning. Four Israelis were killed in 1979 when Kuntar and three other terrorists infiltrated from Lebanon; during the attack, Kuntar killed four-year-old Einat Haran by smashing her head

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White House Gives Up on Mideast Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. With Prime Minister Netanyahu having left for the US today, one of the items on the agenda is renewing a 10-year defense agreement (referred to as a memorandum of understanding). According to Reuters, Israel is asking the US for $5 billion in military aid to offset threats from Iran. YNet asks,

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Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the

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New Israeli Cabinet Sworn In

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Mideast media reports, Israeli and Arab diplomats from undisclosed Sunni states met in Jordan: The report alleged that several Arab diplomats said that countries in the region should be preparing for a new reality as the United States’ influence on regional security begins to retreat.   They also were

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Saudis Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal With South Korea

Today’s Top Stories 1. A high-level Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander boasted of indoctrinating Syrian youth: “The IRGC has begun to establish new religious groups in Syria called ‘Kashab’ among young Alawites, Sunnis, Christians and Ismailis,” Al-Arabiya on Tuesday cited Hussein Hamdani as saying.   These groups aim to carry out what Hamdani called “ideological education”

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