Tag Archives: Syria

Is a New Middle East War on Israel’s Horizon?

Today’s Top Stories 1.Is a new Middle East war on Israel’s horizon? The BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus crafts an in-depth analysis of the various players on and near to Israel’s northern and north-eastern borders. Hezbollah, Iran, Islamic State, Assad forces, Russia and a variety of other groups are variously competing and cooperating, each with different agendas

Did Trump Reverse Himself on Embassy Move Or Not?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian sources, journalists, and possibly Trump administration officials as well muddied the waters on whether the US is going to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Follow the bouncing ball and draw your own conclusions about what this means for the next four years of Mideast news coverage. It all starts with

Gaza Man Burns Himself: Electricity Crisis to Blame?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Despite the arrival of a shipment of oil from Qatar, Gaza remains tense after Palestinian tried to burn himself to death. The Strip is in the midst of a severe electricity crisis which saw demonstrations against Hamas, but it’s not clear if the suicide attempt was related to that. 2. Israel

Paris Peace Parley: What We Know So Far

Today’s Top Stories 1. Diplomats from more than 70 countries gathered in Paris for a peace conference lauded by the Palestinians and lambasted by Israel. The conference was still in progress when this roundup went to press, but France slammed the idea of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Diplomatic correspondents Barak Ravid and Raphael

Terrorist Rams Truck Into Jerusalem Crowd, Killing 4

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian rammed a flatbed truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem at a popular promenade in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood. As this roundup went to press, four soldiers were confirmed dead and 13 injured. Reports identified the driver as Fadi Alkanbar, of eastern Jerusalem, who after hitting the soldiers,

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

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

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

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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