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Egypt Discovers ‘Enormous’ Gaza Tunnels

Egypt Discovers ‘Enormous’ Gaza Tunnels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt discovered massive tunnels from Gaza into the Sinai large enough to drive trucks through. They’re unusually long too, which has the IDF concerned. YNet explains: These enormous tunnels, some of which stretch for over three kilometers, are designed to traverse the security zone Egypt set up between the border with

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How the UN Whitewashed Assad Atrocities

Today’s Top Stories 1. Never again? While Syrians starved to death, a UN master plan for saving lives was revised by Damascus, allowing Assad to “edit the truth” of the civil war. According to Foreign Policy: The United Nations, after consulting the Syrian government, altered dozens of passages and omitted pertinent information to paint the

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Hamas and Fatah Take Another Shot at Reconciliation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar is reportedly pushing a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation deal. 2. Palestinian twin sisters, age 18, were arrested plotting bomb attacks. One of the girls had learned from Internet videos how to assemble the bombs. Police found pipe bombs, fertilizer, Hamas headbands, and more hidden in their home near the West Bank town of

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World Lifts Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran is in compliance with its nuclear commitments, the world lifted sanctions on the Islamic Republic. With the lifting of sanctions, $100 billion in frozen assets were released, the Islamic Republic can resume selling oil on the international market (more on that at

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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

Today’s Top Stories 1. The French telecom giant, Orange, severed ties with its Israeli subsidiary after CEO Stephane Richard provoked a firestorm by saying he’d cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if not for the huge penalties that would be incurred. Israeli officials demanded the French government denounce Richard’s boycott call. Partner Communications Ltd, which operates Orange’s Israeli

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Will FIFA Scandal Undermine Palestinians?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The corruption scandal in FIFA (I liked how Vox explained this complicated story), punctuated by the arrest of seven high-level officials, will probably kill Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. The Jerusalem Post explains why: Suspending the Jewish state from international play would have rocked world soccer’s boat, inviting allegations

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Why Did Qatar Arrest a BBC News Crew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Reuters: Tehran is already anticipating oil sales once sanctions are lifted. What will Iran’s re-emergence in the world market mean for OPEC and oil prices? 2. Qatar arrested a BBC News crew investigating the treatment of migrant laborers in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Odder still, the four-man team led by correspondent

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Saudi Military to Intervene in Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Saudis are beefing up their military presence along their border with Yemen. US officials told Reuters the deployment looks defensive, but YNet says the signs point to a Saudi offensive. Will the Saudis intervene in the civil war? 2. YNet: Israel freezing construction in Har Homa; 1,500 housing units on

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France Deploys Thousands of Forces to Protect Jewish Schools

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkeys’ Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, bragged to reporters that Ankara’s support for Hamas made it “mainstream.” He doesn’t realize Hamas is just dragging down Turkish credibility. This line was the biggest whopper of all: “If our relations [with Israel] had not deteriorated, Hamas was going to recognize Israel in the event

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Abbas Applies for International Criminal Court Membership

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute, requesting membership in the International Criminal Court. It paves the way for a possible war crimes probe of Israel by the International Criminal Court. The Israeli cabinet is meeting today to consider responses — presumably withholding tax transfers to the PA, rescinding Palestinian officials’ VIP

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