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Istanbul Jewish Institutions on High Terror Alert

Istanbul Jewish Institutions on High Terror Alert

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State’s planning “imminent” attacks on Jewish schools and youth centers in Turkey according to Sky News. Turkish and Israeli officials are refusing to comment. The most likely target of an attack is Istanbul’s synagogue in Beyoglu, which also has a community centre and a school attached to it.   “In

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Israel Mourns Istanbul Terror Deaths

Today’s Top Stories 1. A suicide bomber in killed four people in central Istanbul including three Israeli tourists. Hurriyet identified the three as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher, and Avraham Goldman. In all, 39 people were injured, including 11 Israelis. The Times of Israel and YNet have more on who the killed and injured Israelis are.

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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

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Foreign Press Assoc. to Knesset: We’re Not Biased

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the European Union are in “quiet” talks to reduce tensions caused by the EU’s guidelines for labeling settlement products. Haaretz got the scoop. 2. Yesterday, foreign journalists appeared before a Knesset panel that wanted to hear what reporters had to say about media bias against Israel. Tzipi Livni, head of

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Hamas Operative Quits Turkey

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Jerusalem Post reports that Hamas operative Salah Arouri left Turkey after Ankara came under “unprecedented American and Israeli pressure.” The source claimed that Hamas has advised its top officials to refrain from settling in one country on a permanent basis and to move between different countries.   Al-Arouri is now

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Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel carry out an airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria yesterday? Syrian opposition sources say 13 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in the Qalamoun area. Israel has never confirmed or denied carrying out air strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war. Israeli

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US to Agree on Construction in Settlement Blocs?

Today’s Top Stories 1. As John Kerry met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in a bid to calm two months of terror, Haaretz reported that Jerusalem was prepared to make gestures to Palestinians if US accepts construction in existing settlement blocs: Apparently Netanyahu wants the Obama administration to recognize the understandings between former U.S. president George

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Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran says it began implementing the nuclear accord: According to Reuters, the mullahs began decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges. 2. Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews. Sheikh Ali Halabi said in a video distributed via social media that Jews can be killed during war only, and that killing them

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Is Widening Weekend Violence an Intifada?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Editor’s note: In light of continuing Palestinian terror, I have decided to refer to the violence as an intifada. Here’s Why I’m Calling it an Intifada (and a dissent from my colleague, Yarden Frankl). See below for updates on the latest terror attacks. See also today’s media critique, Palestinian Terror Wave Prompts Media

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Egypt’s Gas Find Upends Israeli Energy Plans

Today’s Top Stories 1. The “largest Mediterranean gas field” found off Egypt’s coast could meet the country’s natural gas needs for decades. The Zohr gas field‘s estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of gas is double the amount held in Israel’s Leviathan off shore field. Zohr certainly shakes up Israeli plans. Haaretz notes that Egyptian purchases

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