Tag Archives: Turkey

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Was Egyptian Judoka Really Punished for Snubbing Israeli?

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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Hezbollah Claims It Sent Drone Over Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah claimed it sent the unmanned aerial vehicle that flew over Israeli airspace yesterday. Two Patriots missiles and an air-to-air missile failed to bring down the drone, which returned to Syria unharmed. Hezbollah claimed the drone was sent to photograph IDF maneuvers in the Golan. More at the Times of Israel and Defense

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Patriot Missiles Fired on Drone Over Northern Israel

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** As this roundup went to press, Haaretz reported that Patriot missiles were fired on a drone over northern Israel. Developing . . . Moments ago 2 Patriot air defense missiles were fired towards a drone which infiltrated #Israeli airspace from #Syria. — Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) July 17, 2016 1.

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41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Suicide bombers struck Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Last I saw, reports said 41 killed and 239 injured. Nobody has claimed responsibility, but Turkish officials believe Islamic State was behind the terror attack. All the Israelis in the airport are accounted for and safe, and Israeli eyewitnesses described the carnage. And the Jerusalem Post

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Turkey Accord Doesn’t End ICC Investigation of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Turkish diplomats signed an accord to re-normalize ties. The deal must now be approved by the Turkish parliament and Israeli cabinet. Expect it to pass, but not without a stormy debate in Jerusalem. Times of Israel coverage. Did nobody tell the UN Secretary General about the detente and the

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It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Six years after the Mavi Marmara crisis, Israeli and Turkish Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildirim announced that they reached an agreement in Rome to re-normalize ties. The agreement will be signed tomorrow and then go to the Israeli cabinet and Turkish parliament for confirmation. See Times of Israel and Hurriyet coverage, and Haaretz‘s good

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Abbas Snubs Rivlin in Brussels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin in Brussels despite A) prodding from European officials B) Rivlin’s willingness for a little jaw-jaw, and C) Abbas’s history of claims that he’s willing to “immediately” meet with Israeli leaders. Rivlin called Abbas’s snub “strange.” So now Abbas

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