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Russia Freezes Iranian Arms Transfers After Israeli Intel Tip

Russia Freezes Iranian Arms Transfers After Israeli Intel Tip

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia reportedly suspended the transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran after Israeli intelligence tipped off Moscow that Tehran broke a pledge not to transfer sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah. A senior source told the newspaper that the Russian leader elected to punish the Iranian regime after Israel supplied him with clear-cut

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Egypt’s Parliament Expels Lawmaker Who Met Israeli Envoy

Today’s Top Stories 1. By a two-thirds vote, Egyptian parliamentarians expelled MP Tawfik Okasha for meeting with Israel’s Ambassador to Cairo, Haim Koren. I wonder if suspended Israeli-Arab MK Haneen Zoabi will show solidarity with the brave Egyptian lawmaker or the small-minded MPs who expelled him. 2. A letter by an Islamic State fighter to

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Nasrallah Reportedly Hospitalized in Iran With Cancer

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly in Iran getting emergency medical treatment for cancer. The timing’s ironic: Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the assassination of pro-Western prime minister Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah’s heavily implicated. 2. Ex-PM Ehud Olmert reported to prison this morning, to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery

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Hamas Funding Islamic State in Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is funding Islamic State in Sinai. In a nutshell, YNet describes the mutually beneficial arrangement with Hamas providing IS with money, training, and logistical support. In return, IS secures the smuggling of needed weapons and equipment into Gaza: Israeli officials believe that if the situation escalates on the Gaza front, both ISIS

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Congress Cuts $80 Million in PA Aid

Today’s Top Stories 1. US sends ‘message’ to Abbas with $80 million aid cut. 2. Israel and Jordan “agreed” to 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. I qualified that word because, according to the Washington Post, the holy site’s already monitored that way: However, it is unclear exactly how the proposed addition of more cameras

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Calm Returns to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount for three days. Shortly before Rosh HaShanah, the new year’s day on the Jewish calendar, police received intelligence that Palestinians were preparing piles of stones and barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to cause violence over the holiday. CNN writes: Israeli officers said that

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IAEA Needs Money to Inspect Iranian Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs more money to inspect Iran sites. 2. Lebanon’s garbage crisis continues. The Jerusalem Post reports fears that Hezbollah is trying to hijack the You Stink protest movement. And AFP’s Sara Hussein reports how dismal the situation is: 3. A Hamas military court

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Lebanon on the Brink Over Garbage Protests

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s teetering on the brink of chaos. The government’s too paralyzed to respond to a national garbage crisis, and foreign leaders are calling on Prime Minister Tammam Salam not to resign, which he has hinted to do in recent days. What started as a protest against uncollected garbage and a shortage

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Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mohammed Allaan was in a coma after losing consciousness on Friday. Allaan, accused of membership in Islamic Jihad, has been protesting his incarceration without trial, a controversial legal status Israel calls “administrative detention.” Islamic Jihad threatened if Allaan dies, the cease-fire is over. Meanwhile, the former US commander of the Guantanamo Bay

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