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Israel Mourns Istanbul Terror Deaths

Israel Mourns Istanbul Terror Deaths

Today’s Top Stories 1. A suicide bomber in killed four people in central Istanbul including three Israeli tourists. Hurriyet identified the three as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher, and Avraham Goldman. In all, 39 people were injured, including 11 Israelis. The Times of Israel and YNet have more on who the killed and injured Israelis are.

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Financial Crisis Hits Hamas Brigades

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the first time, Hamas’ financial crisis is hitting its brigades, Asharq al-Awsat reports: The sources said that “the Al-Qassam Brigades are a red line for Hamas and have always been unaffected by any financial or political crises. However, the organisation was forced to impose cuts on the salaries of the

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Deputy Minister Reveals Secret Israeli-Indonesian Contacts

Today’s Top Stories 1. President Reuven Rivlin arrived in Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin and other high-level Russian officials. He is expected to express Israel’s concerns about a strengthened Iranian and Hezbollah presence in Syria, learn more about why Russia began withdrawing troops, and discuss the Syrian peace talks in Geneva. Jerusalem Post coverage. Speaking

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Russia’s Syria Pullout: What Does it Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia began withdrawing military forces from Syria. Hezbollah may have begun withdrawing its forces from Syria too, according to Arab media reports that I don’t know how to judge. Could this be related to Vladimir Putin’s short-notice invitation to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin for a working meeting? Rivlin flies to Moscow today.

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Russia Freezes Iranian Arms Transfers After Israeli Intel Tip

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia reportedly suspended the transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran after Israeli intelligence tipped off Moscow that Tehran broke a pledge not to transfer sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah. A senior source told the newspaper that the Russian leader elected to punish the Iranian regime after Israel supplied him with clear-cut

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Russia Using Israeli Drones in Syria?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egyptian MP Tawfik Okasha was attacked in parliament for hosting Israel’s ambassador, Haim Koren, for dinner. If you’re wondering what Okasha and Koren discussed, Reuters reports: Koren confirmed to Reuters that he and his staff had a three-hour dinner meeting at the Egyptian lawmaker’s home on Wednesday evening.   “He proposed

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Turks, Saudis, Gearing Up for Syrian Ground Offensive

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkish and Saudi forces are reportedly ready to launch a ground offensive against Islamic State forces in Syria. Iran responded by offering to help defend Syrian air space. Meanwhile, skepticism abounds whether a partial ceasefire will take hold. As it is with the Mideast, all sides involved are positioning themselves for

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Is Russia Arming Hezbollah?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA arrested a Palestinian journalist over an exposé claiming the PA collaborated with Israeli security forces to arrest one of the gunmen involved in the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin. According to the report aired on Nablus TV, Israeli security forces entered a Hebron hospital in November (it was caught on

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State Dept. Admits Iranian Nuke Deal Not Legally Binding

Today’s Top Stories 1. The State Dept. admitted in a letter obtained by the National Review that the Iranian nuclear deal is not legally binding, and that no Iranian official ever signed it. Meanwhile, the UN’s chief nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said there are still no assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is all peaceful.

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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

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