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Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Lebanon are on a collision course over offshore gas, with Hezbollah deliberately escalating the problem. Globes reports in articles one and two. The establishment of a new government in Lebanon, however, has completely changed the situation. Through the Lebanese political parties associated with it, Hezbollah has made sure that

ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat, Mysterious Explosion Rocks Gaza Tunnel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Four rockets were fired at Eilat from the Sinai. Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility and promised more attacks. Three of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome; the fourth landed in an open area. Footage out of #Eilat as several projectiles are fired towards #Israel's southern resort city which

Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains: Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.   The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March

Paris Peace Parley: What We Know So Far

Today’s Top Stories 1. Diplomats from more than 70 countries gathered in Paris for a peace conference lauded by the Palestinians and lambasted by Israel. The conference was still in progress when this roundup went to press, but France slammed the idea of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Diplomatic correspondents Barak Ravid and Raphael

Jordan Signs $10B Deal for Israeli Gas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Noble Energy to buy natural gas from Israel’s offshore Leviathan gas field over the next 15 years. 2. According to Asharq al Awsat, Russia wants to literally empty Aleppo of its residents. Can you image the outrage if Israel was even reportedly interested in

US, Iran At Odds Over Nuclear Deal ‘Add-On Document’

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to a document seen by the Associated Press, “key restrictions” imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by last year’s accord “will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact.” Israeli officials told the Times of Israel

Four Israelis Killed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. A pair of Palestinians opened fire on Israelis in a cafe in Tel Aviv Sarona Market last night, killing four people and wounding 16. The market is located across the street from the IDF’s headquarters. Hamas claimed the gunmen were its members. The four victims of the Tel Aviv shooting attack were

Israeli-Brazilian Standoff Comes to an End

Today’s Top Stories 1. A months-long Israel-Brazil standoff came to an end when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Dani Dayan will be appointed consul-general in New York. Brasilia refused to confirm Dayan, a former settler leader, as ambassador. He will instead replace outgoing consul-general Ido Aharoni. No word on who’s in the mix to

Obama Secures Senate Approval for Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. The White House clinched its magic number of 34 senators supporting the Iran deal when Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland gave it her approval. Thirty four is the number needed to prevent opponents from scuttling the deal. Politico reports that the White House is now setting its sights on  securing 41

“Sisi Scenario” to Resolve Lebanese Garbage Crisis?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Trying to fill a power vacuum and placate angry protesters, Lebanese lawmakers will reportedly appoint army chief Jean Kahwaji as president. Asharq al-Awsat‘s sources refer to this as the Sisi scenario, a reference to Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s current president and former military chief. 2. An Islamic State affiliate in Gaza claimed

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