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Senior UN Post for Tzipi Livni in the Works?

Senior UN Post for Tzipi Livni in the Works?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli media was buzzing with weekend reports that MK Tzipi Livni may be appointed UN Under-Secretary-General. It all stems from a US veto on Friday of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’ appointment as UN’s envoy to Libya, a block hailed by Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, Livni and Secretary-General

Qatar Reportedly Mediating Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to an Arab media report picked up by YNet and the Jerusalem Post, Qatar is mediating an Israel-Hamas prisoner swap: According to the report, Israel agreed to conditions proposed by Hamas to release prisoners who were previously released in the Gilad Schalit deal, on condition that they be deported to

Columnist Fired For Lauding Jerusalem Truck Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Belgian newspaper fired a columnist who took to social media to laud the Palestinian terror attack which killed four Israeli soldiers on Sunday. After his dismissal from De Standaard, Dyab Abou Jahjah doubled-down on his praise for the attack in a series of tweets. Jahjah was banned from Britain for

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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