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Russian Aircraft Goes Down in the Sinai

Russian Aircraft Goes Down in the Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Claiming that the intifada is really a series of Israeli attacks on innocent Palestinians, PA President Mahmoud Abbas met with Fatou Bensouda, the head of the International Criminal Court, to urge that a preliminary investigation into so-called Israeli “war crimes” be put on a fast-track. 2. A Russian airliner crashed in

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IDF to Separate Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion After More Stabbings

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced it will impose a physical separation of Jews and Palestinians in Gush Etzion after assessing that there will not be a let up in stabbing attacks. This morning in Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, cutting him in the face during a violent demonstration. Later in the morning

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Israeli Woman Escapes Palestinian Lynch Mob

Today’s Top Stories 1. A violent holiday and day-after. This morning, an Israeli woman escaped a near-lynching after a Palestinian mob stoned her car near Tekoa. Rivi Lev Ohayon explained her escape to YNet while other eyewitnesses described what they saw to the Times of Israel. Also this morning, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded

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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

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Stormy Visit Shaping Up for Bibi in London

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu arrived in London, for what’s already shaping up to be a stormy two-day visit. Around 300 Palestinian supporters demonstrated outside 10 Downing Street, and a petition calling for Netanyahu’s arrest for so-called “war crimes” has garnered 107,000 signatures. More at Reuters and the Financial Times (click via Google News). 2. Israel re-opened its embassy

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Russia to Close Syrian Skies to Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Will Russia’s expected military presence in Syria close off Syrian skies to Israel? 2. “In a move that reflected growing internal disarray,” the PLO delayed elections for its internal leadership, which were set to be held next week, according to AP. 3. Russia reportedly bought 10 Israeli-made intelligence-gathering drones. And despite left-wing opposition,

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Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting each other in the disintegrating states of Syria and Iraq, the bitter Sunni-Shia conflict and the competing interests of state actors and their proxies, the Middle East has never been more confusing for the casual observer. Not to mention the recent Iranian nuclear deal

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Israel Intercepts Gaza Flotilla

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF intercepted the Gaza-bound Mariane without incident. The Swedish-flagged ship is now being taken to Ashdod. The activists and journalists aboard will be deported. There were local angles for papers in Vancouver, New Zealand, and Sweden. Two additional boats making their way to the Gaza coast turned back after the

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