Tag Archives: Syria

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Netanyahu and Abbas to Meet in Paris?

Netanyahu and Abbas to Meet in Paris?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Paris diplomats are still pushing their Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative. Haaretz, picking up on French media, reports that President Francois Hollande wants to host the foreign ministers of 30-35 countries on or about December 21, and then follow-up soon after with a tripartite summit with Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas. Israel objects

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Palestinians File War Crimes Suit Against Israeli Judges

Today’s Top Stories 1. A group of Palestinians living in Chile filed a war crimes suit against three Israeli Supreme Court justices who in 2015 authorized construction of the security barrier in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem. Chilean law buys into the concept of universal jurisdiction. (What’s universal jurisdiction?). According to Haaretz: The claimants are six

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Radioactive Material Disappears From Iranian Nuclear Facility

Today’s Top Stories 1. Either the mullahs stashed the iridium-192 for their own nefarious reasons, or someone really stole enough radioactive material from the Bushehr nuclear facility to make a dirty bomb. Asharq al-Awsat reports the material disappeared during transportation. I hope the Mossad dunnit . . . 2. Israel’s Security Cabinet approved the purchase

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First Major IDF-Islamic State Border Clash

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF and Islamic State had their first ever major exchange of fire this morning. Israeli forces traded fire along the Syrian border this morning east of Moshav Avnei Eitan. Credit the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) for the clearest summarizing snippet: An Israeli unit was conducting an operation

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Why Is Hezbollah Parading US Military Equipment?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Not good: Hezbollah paraded American military equipment in a Syria. Significantly, the parade also featured American-manufactured M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs), of the type provided by the United States to the Lebanese army (LAF), prompting concerns among security analysts that Hezbollah may potentially have procured them from the LAF, which continues

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Two Dead, More Missing in Tel Aviv Building Collapse

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Tel Aviv construction site collapsed, killing two people and injuring possibly as many as 27, with others still missing in the wreckage. Rescue efforts were complicated by the fact that the site was an underground parking garage. It’s believed the collapse was the result of a structural failure after a tractor

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Syrian Rebel Leader Quits After Interview With Israeli

Today’s Top Stories 1. Syrian rebel leader quits after interview with Israeli. YNet explains what happened when Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking interviewed various Syrians in southern Turkey. “Over the years I’ve interviewed activists, fighters, civic leaders, and politicians – almost always on condition of anonymity,” she explained. “This

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UN Aid Money Going to Assad and Cronies

Today’s Top Stories 1. If you thought recent disclosures of NGO and UN aid benefiting Hamas was bad enough, you won’t believe the scope of the shenanigans going on in Syria. The Guardian reports that UN aid money is propping up the regime. Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by

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Palestinian Killed While Stabbing Israeli Soldier

Today’s Top Stories 1.  A Palestinian was killed while stabbing an IDF soldier. As usual, Reuters and The New York Times claim that according to Palestinians, the attacks are due to frustration over lack of progress toward a peace process, but ignore the statements that Palestinian leaders communicate domestically: such as encouraging such stabbing to “defend” against unsubstantiated threats to the

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