Tag Archives: Turkey


Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

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


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


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


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


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


Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking

Today’s Top Stories 1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the


Polls Skew Jews’ Views on Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Turkey expelled senior Hamas official Salah Arouri. He masterminded the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year. 2. Where do American Jews really stand on Iran deal? If you’re looking at recent polls by J Street, AIPAC, or The Israel Project, skepticism is in order. And


Israel Condemns Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. International diplomats reached a nuclear agreement with Iran which Israel opposes. See below for a roundup of what’s been disclosed and dissected. The spin games kicked off too. See HonestReporting’s critique: BBC Shocker: “Iran Not a Threat to Israel”.   2. According to Egyptian media reports, several Turkish intelligence operatives in the


The UN’s Gaza Report: Aftermath and Analysis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the mainstream media react to the UN report on the Gaza war. For more on the  fallout and commentary see below. 2. Haaretz: In a secret meeting in Rome, Israeli and Turkish officials renewed reconciliation talks. Ties between Jerusalem and Ankara broke down in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara


Is Turkey Reining in Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A computer virus associated with Israel targeted three European hotels while they were hosting Iranian nuclear talks. According to the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News): Researchers at the company acknowledge that many questions remain unanswered about how the virus was used and what information may have been stolen. Among the