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Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel carry out an airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria yesterday? Syrian opposition sources say 13 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in the Qalamoun area. Israel has never confirmed or denied carrying out air strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war. Israeli


US to Agree on Construction in Settlement Blocs?

Today’s Top Stories 1. As John Kerry met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in a bid to calm two months of terror, Haaretz reported that Jerusalem was prepared to make gestures to Palestinians if US accepts construction in existing settlement blocs: Apparently Netanyahu wants the Obama administration to recognize the understandings between former U.S. president George


What Does French-Russian Alliance Mean For Mideast?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The majority of Palestinians support a third intifada against Israel, according to a Palestinian Center for Public Opinion poll picked up by the Jerusalem Post. 2. France and Russia are working as allies against Islamic State. A Times of London staff-ed notes the significance of this new partnership for the Mideast: Whatever


Russia Breaking With Iran and Hezbollah?

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly after this roundup was published, reports of a car-ramming attack near Hebron. A Border Police officer was injured. The driver was shot and killed at the scene. 1. Russia seems to be changing its stance on Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition figures have been invited to Moscow for


IDF to Separate Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion After More Stabbings

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced it will impose a physical separation of Jews and Palestinians in Gush Etzion after assessing that there will not be a let up in stabbing attacks. This morning in Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, cutting him in the face during a violent demonstration. Later in the morning


Israeli Woman Escapes Palestinian Lynch Mob

Today’s Top Stories 1. A violent holiday and day-after. This morning, an Israeli woman escaped a near-lynching after a Palestinian mob stoned her car near Tekoa. Rivi Lev Ohayon explained her escape to YNet while other eyewitnesses described what they saw to the Times of Israel. Also this morning, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded


Stormy Visit Shaping Up for Bibi in London

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in London, for what’s already shaping up to be a stormy two-day visit. Around 300 Palestinian supporters demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street, and a petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest for so-called “war crimes” has garnered 107,000 signatures. More at Reuters and the Financial Times (click via Google News). 2. Israel re-opened its embassy


Russia to Close Syrian Skies to Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Will Russia’s expected military presence in Syria close off Syrian skies to Israel? 2. “In a move that reflected growing internal disarray,” the PLO delayed elections for its internal leadership, which were set to be held next week, according to AP. 3. Russia reportedly bought 10 Israeli-made intelligence-gathering drones. And despite left-wing opposition,


Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking

Today’s Top Stories 1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the