Tag Archives: Turkey

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Is Shimon Peres ‘Drastically’ Deteriorating?

Is Shimon Peres ‘Drastically’ Deteriorating?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Shortly before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that “the medical status of former President Shimon Peres has drastically deteriorated,” and that “the neurological damage to the former president is irreversible.” But other reports said there was “no change” in his status. The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized two weeks ago after

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Assailant Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Ankara

Today’s Top Stories 1. A man with a knife was shot apparently trying to enter the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no embassy staff were hurt during the incident. Turkish bomb squad personnel were also investigating a suspicious package found near the embassy. CNN Turk named the attacker as Osman Nuri

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Syrian Rebel Leader Quits After Interview With Israeli

Today’s Top Stories 1. Syrian rebel leader quits after interview with Israeli. YNet explains what happened when Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking interviewed various Syrians in southern Turkey. “Over the years I’ve interviewed activists, fighters, civic leaders, and politicians – almost always on condition of anonymity,” she explained. “This

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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

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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.

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Sderot Hit by Rocket from Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. Rocket from Gaza explodes in Israeli town of Sderot, no casualties, IDF responds with strike on two Hamas terror bases. 2. After a bombing attack on a wedding killed 30 people in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogen announced that Islamic State is likely behind the attack, adding that there is “no difference” between accused coup

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Was Egyptian Judoka Really Punished for Snubbing Israeli?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Was an Egyptian judoka really punished for refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand? It depends on who you ask. On a related note, see HonestReporting’s latest post: Olympic Bigotry: It’s All Israel’s Fault: Saying that Israelis should put up with what amounts to racist bigotry because “at least they’re not

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Audit of UN Gaza Aid Finds Supervision Problems

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gaza construction funding was ‘incorrectly’ handled by non-staff UN personnel, according to an audit of the UN Development Program. It’s not pleasant to read about the lack of oversight. Taken together, the findings in the carefully manicured audit report — which was vetted by UNDP management at the affected office — point

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Israel Investigating If Italian Journo Colluded With Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Just before this roundup was published, YNet reported that Israel’s Government Press Office was formally investigating Italian journalist Michela Moni for allegedly colluding with Hezbollah. Moni interviewed several Israeli politicians and soldiers about the Second War in Lebanon, but the interviews were broadcast on Hezbollah’s Mayadeen TV. Moni

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PA to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA is preparing legal action against Britain for issuing the Balfour declaration almost 100 years ago. Since the Mideast conflict is so messed up, why stop with Balfour? The PA should also sue Britain and France (for the the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement), Britain and

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