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Hamas Hijacking Gaza Aid?

Hamas Hijacking Gaza Aid?

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s not yet clear to Israeli police that yesterday’s mosque fire was the work of radical settlers. According to the Times of Israel, the fire doesn’t fit the pattern of a “price tag” attack for several reasons. Then there’s this: Israeli Police were unable to entirely rule out the option that

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Al Nusra Front Captures Israel-Syria Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas agreed to an ambiguous open-ended ceasefire. It’s hard to say if it’ll hold, but here’s one indication that it might: Terror leaders like Hamas’s Mahmoud Zahar and Islamic Jihad’s Mohammed al-Hindi appeared in public for the first time since the crisis began. 2. The Al-Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front

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Hamas Detainees Confirm Human Shield Tactics to Israeli Interrogators

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas operatives caught by Israel are confirming to interrogators that mosques were used for military activity, tunnels were dug under kindergartens, and the organization’s leaders are hiding out in hospitals. The Shin Bet even posted on its web site (in Hebrew) the names of the prisoners and what they confirmed. Haaretz picked

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Newspaper Menacingly Targets Israeli Dual Nationals

Today’s Top Stories 1. Next-generation robots, buried sensors, and an underground barrier make up “Iron Spade,” Israel’s efforts to combat terror tunnels. Take your pick of Times of London or Al-Arabiya coverage. 2. Haaretz says that a too-detailed coverage of a cabinet meeting on the war earlier this month on Channel 2 was an intelligence

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US Limiting Arms Sale to Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a five-day truce. The ceasefire had a bumpy start last night, but it’s been holding up. 2. An Italian journalist working for Associated Press, Simone Camilli, became the foreign press corp’s first fatality in Gaza. He was killed along with a Palestinian translator and three

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Israel-Basher Appointed to Lead UN Inquiry of Gaza War

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Haman Rights Council’s inquiry into Operation Protective Edge got off to a bumpy start with the the announcement that the probe would be conducted by three investigators: Canadian Professor William Schabas (the inquiry leader), Amal Alamuddin (a Lebanese lawyer better known as George Clooney’s fiancee , who declined the

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Gaza Conflict Day 24: UN Official Confirms Hamas Rocket Fire Around Its Facilities

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday’s roundup referred to soldiers finding a booby trapped tunnel entrance inside a UNRWA health clinic near Khan Yunis. Turns out the whole building was booby trapped, and three soldiers were killed when terrorists managed to detonate the explosives from further inside the tunnel. According to the Times of Israel, the building may

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Gaza Conflict Day 17: UN Human Rights Council Launches Inquiry

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US cancelled its ban on flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport but some airlines are saying they’re not ready to wing it just yet. The Times of Israel, JTA and Irish Times look at the significance of what Hamas pulled off. For the latest flight updates, just go to

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Gaza Conflict Day 16: Ben Gurion Flights Suspended

Today’s Top Stories 1. Foreign airline carriers — all of them — suspended flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport. According to Globes, only Israel’s three airlines — El Al, Arkia, and Israir are “continuing routine operations.” This came after a Hamas rocket struck a house in Yehud, a Tel Aviv suburb five km (three

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Gaza Conflict Day 6: Did Hamas Deliberately Attack Ramallah?

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a rocket a landed in Ramallah last night, the Globe & Mail‘s Patrick Martin suggests that Hamas deliberately fired at the PA. The notion that Palestinian militants in Gaza might fire on Palestinian authorities in Ramallah is certainly a new twist to the six-day rocket war being waged between Israel

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