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Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains: Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.   The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March

Did Trump Reverse Himself on Embassy Move Or Not?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian sources, journalists, and possibly Trump administration officials as well muddied the waters on whether the US is going to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Follow the bouncing ball and draw your own conclusions about what this means for the next four years of Mideast news coverage. It all starts with

Fake News About Israel Trips Up Baroness Jenny Tonge

Today’s Top Stories 1. Baroness Jenny Tonge is taking flak for posting on Facebook an anti-Semitic article from a fake news site. AWD is the same fake news site which sparked a Pakistani nuclear threat against Israel over this hoax report. Other phony AWD reports include Israeli plans to colonize Russia, a Belgian arrest warrant

Qatar Reportedly Mediating Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to an Arab media report picked up by YNet and the Jerusalem Post, Qatar is mediating an Israel-Hamas prisoner swap: According to the report, Israel agreed to conditions proposed by Hamas to release prisoners who were previously released in the Gilad Schalit deal, on condition that they be deported to

Egypt Postpones UN Security Council Vote on Resolution Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories *** UPDATE *** After this roundup was published, Egypt decided to postpone today’s Security Council vote. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz reported this was due to heavy Israeli pressure on Cairo. 1. The UN Security Council is was due to vote on a resolution declaring that settlements “have no legal validity” and

Is Hezbollah Using US Arms Taken From Lebanese Army?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s now using US weapons supplied to the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to an IDF officer quoted by Haaretz. And how did Hezbollah get its hands on the “Made in the USA” arms and vehicles? The senior officer added that while it is not clear under which circumstances Hezbollah obtained the

Saeb Erekat ‘Threatens’ Violence Over US Embassy Move

Today’s Top Stories 1. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened (or predicted?) Arab violence if the US relocates its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Here’s Erekat dog whistling after saying he’d resign and the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel. Draw your own conclusion: Furthermore, said Erekat, all American embassies in the Arab world

Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Israel Stirs Controversy

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, residents of Amona agreed to leave the unauthorized outpost for a nearby location. The High Court of Justice had ruled that Amona was built on private Palestinian-owned land and ordered the outpost demolished by December 25. The agreement heads off fears of

PLO Envoy Threatens Trump Over Moving US Embassy

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: The Palestinian ambassador to the US, Riyad Mansour, vowed the Palestinians “would ‘make life miserable’ for the United States” if Donald Trump moves the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We have a lot of weapons in the UN", claims Riyad Mansour, who didn't explain why none

Historian: AP Cooperated With Nazi Regime

Today’s Top Stories 1. A controversial BBC documentary, Children of the Gaza War, was nominated for a BAFTA Award (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). The video, in which reporter Lyse Doucet spent time with Gaza youngsters, left me with a loss for words because Israel’s existence was lost in BBC translation. Whenever

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