Tag Archives: Syria


Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt sentenced two Al-Jazeera reporters to death, and ex-president Mohammed Morsi to 25 years in prison. They, along with several other defendants, were charged with passing national security documents to Qatar and its flagship news station. See AP along with Al-Jazeera. The two Al-Jazeera employees – identified by the judge as


Who Killed Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s highest ranking commander, was killed in a mysterious explosion near Damascus International Airport. Whodunnit? Hezbollah blames Islamic State, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights disputes this. The New York Times notes the deafening silence on claims of responsibility while Anshel Pfeffer ranks the possible culprits. According to Le Figaro’s


US Senators Call for Increase in Military Aid to Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Eighty-three out of one hundred US Senators have signed a letter to President Obama urging an increase in military aid to Israel. The current package is $3 billion of credits that are used primarily to purchase military items from American defense contractors. An increase would be used to maintain Israel’s qualitative


UNESCO Ignores Jewish Connection to Temple Mount; ‘Accidental’ Chemical Attack in Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. Dozens of Hezbollah combatants in Syria were ‘accidentally’ killed in a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian military. 2. A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution on Jerusalem completely ignored any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, and even accused Israel of “planting fake Jewish graves.” In addition to


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


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.


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


Nasrallah Reportedly Hospitalized in Iran With Cancer

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly in Iran getting emergency medical treatment for cancer. The timing’s ironic: Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the assassination of pro-Western prime minister Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah’s heavily implicated. 2. Ex-PM Ehud Olmert reported to prison this morning, to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery


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