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UN Aid Money Going to Assad and Cronies

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

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

Palestinian Weapons Network Uncovered

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkish tanks cross Syrian border, apparently as part of a military operation backed by jets and US-led coalition warplanes to clear ISIS from the Syrian border town of Jarablus. 2. Israel uncovers an illegal Palestinian weapons making network: including 29 weapons factories, 49 weapons-making machines and more than 300 firearms. 3. As Israel and the US finalize

Israel Responds to Rocket-Fire from Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel responds to rocket-fire from Gaza, targeting Hamas positions. 2. After this week’s bombing in Turkey, The New York Times examines use of children to carry out terror: including against Israel. 3. Israeli delegation in Cairo discusses Palestinian peace process with Egyptian President Sisi, as Russian President Putin offers to assist. 4.

Iranian Commander Makes Mysterious Visit to Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian commander makes mysterious visit to Israel-Syria border. 2. Will the Nusra Front — the largest jihadist group in Syria fighting against the Assad regime and Hezbollah — cut ties with Al-Qaida? The impact of any imminent Al-Nusra split from Al-Qaeda will depend on how the move is carried out and

What Does Tomorrow’s Brexit Vote Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. What impact would Britain’s potential exit from the European Union have on the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts? Analysts talking to The Media Line were divided. Pollsters say the outcome of tomorrow’s referendum is too close to call.   2. According to reports coming out of Syria picked up by the Times of London,

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

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