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Police Close Temple Mount Amid Tensions

Police Close Temple Mount Amid Tensions

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed in a shootout with police after he tried to murder Yehuda Glick, who advocates Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. To keep Jerusalem’s simmering Israeli-Palestinian tensions from further boiling over, police closed the Temple Mount. Mahmoud Abbas called the holy site’s closure “a declaration of war.”

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Suspects Behind Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Killed in IDF Operation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli forces found and killed the two main Palestinian suspects behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens earlier in the summer, after a several month manhunt. Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha were both killed during an early Tuesday arrest attempt in Hebron, the IDF said in a statement. At around 3

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Hamas Threatened UNRWA Staff at Gunpoint

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas finally admitted that rockets were fired from residential areas. Spokesman Ghazi Hamad told AP: Increasingly, the discussion is not about whether the Hamas rockets were fired from civilian areas, but exactly how close they were to the actual buildings.   “The Israelis kept saying rockets were fired from schools or

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Abbas Cracks Down on Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is cracking down on Hamas and threatening to break up the national unity government. Avi Issacharoff argues that it’s time to take Abbas very seriously: [Abbas] and his people are determined to make dramatic moves in relation to both Hamas and Israel. For Hamas, an ultimatum: there will be partnership in

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Stories I’d Like to See: Scratching the Surface of UNRWA

We know of a few examples from the IDF of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) facilities being used to store weapons and launch rockets at Israel. This UN agency oversees Palestinian refugee camps — everything from schools and medical clinics, to camp infrastructure. According to its web site, the agency’s 2014-2015 budget is $1.4 billion,

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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 23: Hamas Seeks Hezbollah Intervention

Today’s Top Stories 1. For the third time now, Palestinian rockets were found in an UNRWA school. Three is a magic number because, as a senior editor once told me, the first time something happens, you say hmmmm. The second time, maybe it’s a coincidence. But three? That’s a pattern screaming for scrutiny. Later in

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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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