Tag Archives: Palestinian statehood


Calm Returns to Temple Mount

Calm Returns to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount for three days. Shortly before Rosh HaShanah, the new year’s day on the Jewish calendar, police received intelligence that Palestinians were preparing piles of stones and barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to cause violence over the holiday. CNN writes: Israeli officers said that


PA to Void Oslo Accords?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Maan News, Mahmoud Abbas will declare at the UN that Palestine is a “state under occupation,” annulling the Oslo Accords. The Times of Israel reports that Saeb Erekat is masterminding this maneuver. . . . the resignation threats were no more than a diversion ahead of a dramatic move


UN Votes Down Statehood Resolution

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian statehood bid fell short in the UN Security Council, with a draft resolution failing to get the nine votes necessary to pass. The money quote from US Ambassador Samantha Power: “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive


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


Hamas Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

Today’s Top Stories 1. After days of wrangling, AFP/Times of Israel reports that Palestinian and European diplomats agreed to merge the texts of their draft resolutions on statehood, which will be presented to the UN Security Council today. The US had earlier signaled that would veto a PA crafted resolution sponsored by Jordan, but played coy


Hezbollah Exposes Mossad ‘Mega-Spy’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Will the Palestinian bid for statehood come to a vote in the UN Security Council as early as Wednesday? The diplomatic pressure continues to build. Netanyahu has expressed his opposition: “We will not accept attempts to dictate to us unilateral moves on a limited timetable.” He added, “We will rebuff any attempt that


Terror Strikes Sydney

Today’s Top Stories 1. Downtown Sydney was shut down as police and a radical Islamic gunman spent the day in a tense standoff. An estimated 15-30 hostages were held in cafe at the Martin Place pedestrian mall. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Australian and ABC News live-blogged the drama. So did Channel 7, whose news studio


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


What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Druze community of the Israeli Golan is undergoing a shift in loyalty towards the Jewish state. The four-year-old Syrian civil war has been a wake up call towns like Majdal Shams. But as the war in Syria worsens and new ideas continue to take hold, few here see much benefit