Tag Archives: US-Israel relations

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Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947

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Shimon Peres Fighting For His Life After Stroke

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke last night. Doctors at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital placed the 93-year-old Peres in a medical-induced coma. The last of Israel’s founding fathers, Peres has served in nearly every significant position of Israeli politics, including including president, multiple

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Tehran Outraged As Abbas Meets With Iranian Opposition

Today’s Top Stories 1. Tehran blasted Mahmoud Abbas for meeting an Iranian opposition leader in Paris over the weekend, saying the PA leader “has been a collaborator with the Central Intelligence Agency for a long time.” 2. Looks like the US and Israel came up with a compromise on a key sticking point of the

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Israel Probing French Funding of Anti-Israel Groups

Today’s Top Stories 1. In what the Associated Press describes as a move of financial desperation, Hamas is distributing plots of land to its 40,000 civil servants in lieu of millions of dollars in salaries owed. Most of the land comes from what was once the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the southern part of

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US, Iran At Odds Over Nuclear Deal ‘Add-On Document’

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to a document seen by the Associated Press, “key restrictions” imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by last year’s accord “will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact.” Israeli officials told the Times of Israel

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Hamas Seeking ‘Shalit Deal 2’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas seeks a ‘Shalit Deal 2’ for the return of two missing Israeli civilians and the bodies of two IDF soldiers. YNet lays out what’s known besides Hamas’s overall goal of the release of hundreds of security prisoners: It also demands an “entry fee” to even engage in negotiations in the

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EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The European Commission formally approved labeling “settlement products” from the West Bank. I was impressed with this Reuters snippet: Two elements of the EU decision have particularly enraged Israeli officials. They see the measures as an effective boycott of Israel and say other cases of long-standing occupation, such as Morocco’s seizure

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IDF Busts Major Hamas Terror Network

Today’s Top Stories 1. At a White House summit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama agreed to increase military aid and create a joint task force on Iran’s military program. According to reports, Netanyahu told the President he set a red line with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iranian activities in Syria, insisted that any international agreements

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What’s On Netanyahu-Obama Agenda Today?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama were due to meet in the White House today. Haaretz discussed the summit with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who says the White House will press the PM on settlements. NPR and the Washington Post also preview what’s on the agenda (military aid, countering Iranian support for

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New Palestinian Fighting Force Emerges in Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian force fighting alongside Hezbollah in Syria is emerging as a new player. MEMRI introduces us to the “Galilee Forces” and why should Israel take note. The reports on the Galilee Forces joining the fighting in Al-Qalamoun alongside Hizbullah and the Syrian regime appeared alongside reports in the Arab press

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