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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

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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Palestinians Submit Statehood Bid to UN Security Council

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians submitted their draft statehood resolution to the UN Security Council late Monday night. According to the latest reports, the draft calls for a Palestinian state along the 1967 with eastern Jerusalem as the capital, and an Israeli withdrawal within three years. So what’s left to negotiate? The US State

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It’s Official: Israel Schedules Snap Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s official: Israel to hold snap elections on March 17, 2015. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet, Times of Israel, or i24 News coverage. I also liked Ben Wedeman’s summary of the situation for CNN. 2. Globes: Gaza’s inoperative sewage plant may be endangering Ashkelon, potentially exposing the city’s residents (and Israel’s biggest

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Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support. Reuters looks at Qatar’s ambiguity: First, Qatar’s decision

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Iran Claims to Have Shot Down Israeli Drone

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran claims that it has shot down an Israeli drone near the Natanz nuclear enrichment site. The Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed Monday that it was working to extract intelligence and data from the drone’s remains. According to an Iranian military official, the drone was a Hermes model with a combat radius of

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