Tag Archives: Saudi Arabia


Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin

Netanyahu Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria With Putin

Today’s Top Stories 1. Accompanied by a high-level delegation of IDF staff, PM Netanyahu is in Moscow today to discuss with President Putin, Russia’s increasing military engagement in the Syrian civil war. The Times of Israel reports: According to early assessments, the two leaders will likely discuss three key topics: keeping advanced weapons out of


Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the


Israel and Saudis Disclose Secret Talks on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Orange CEO Stephane Richard walked back his comments about leaving Israel, but his Israeli affiliate, Partner Communications Ltd, called it a “smoke cloud” to win back public support. AFP sums up why Israelis aren’t buying Richard’s regrets Although the Orange boss said earlier this week the move was not political, his


New Gaza Flotilla Underway

Today’s Top Stories 1. Bashar Assad reportedly placed his intelligence chief under house arrest on suspicion he was planning a coup, according to the Daily Telegraph. As battlefield losses pile up, Assad’s inner circle is reportedly divided by Iran’s creeping takeover of the battles. Was spy chief Ali Mamlouk looking to bring back Bashar Assad’s exiled


Saudis Arrest Hamas Treasurer

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to unconfirmed media reports, a high-level Hamas treasurer was arrested in Saudi Arabia. The report stated that Maher Salah had been apprehended in the gulf state several months ago on suspicion that he laundered money and illegally smuggled funds across the Saudi Arabian border, according to Israel Radio. 2. Der


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


Saudis Sign Nuclear Cooperation Deal With South Korea

Today’s Top Stories 1. A high-level Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander boasted of indoctrinating Syrian youth: “The IRGC has begun to establish new religious groups in Syria called ‘Kashab’ among young Alawites, Sunnis, Christians and Ismailis,” Al-Arabiya on Tuesday cited Hussein Hamdani as saying.   These groups aim to carry out what Hamdani called “ideological education”


Hamas Trains Terrorists In Turkey

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas isn’t only using Turkey as a political base. The terror group now doing military training on Turkish soil too. YNet reports: The students undergo initial screening in Jordan and Turkey; and since Jordan does not allow Hamas activists to undergo military training on its soil, the recruits are sent to the


UN Votes Down Statehood Resolution

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian statehood bid fell short in the UN Security Council, with a draft resolution failing to get the nine votes necessary to pass. The money quote from US Ambassador Samantha Power: “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive