Tag Archives: US-Israel relations


EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

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


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


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


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


US to Sacrifice Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge for Iran Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Might the White House sacrifice Israel’s qualitative military edge for the sake of achieving a nuclear deal with Iran? According to the Wall St. Journal (via Google News), the White House may offer “loose” defense pacts and increased arms sales to the Gulf states for their support of a nuclear deal.


Saudis Launch Airstrikes on Houthis in Yemen

Today’s Top Stories 1. Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on Houthi positions in Yemen. The US confirmed it’s providing logistical and intelligence support for Operation Decisive Storm. Iran demanded an immediate halt to the attacks. More at Al-Arabiya. Meanwhile, Israeli officials are trying to keep tabs on the safety of Yemen’s remaining 100 or so Jews. The Jews


Saudi Military to Intervene in Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Saudis are beefing up their military presence along their border with Yemen. US officials told Reuters the deployment looks defensive, but YNet says the signs point to a Saudi offensive. Will the Saudis intervene in the civil war? 2. YNet: Israel freezing construction in Har Homa; 1,500 housing units on


US to “Re-Evaluate” Mideast Peace Strategy

Today’s Top Stories 1. Wall St. Journal: US to re-evaluate its Mideast peace strategy. Click via Google News. Meanwhile, anonymous US officials told the New York Times that the White House may back a UN resolution on Palestine, or at least withhold a veto. When dealing with anonymous sources, news consumers must handle with care.


Media Spotlight on Netanyahu’s Congressional Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. On the day before Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, interest and discussion has reached a fevered pitch. Demand for tickets is off the charts — “10 times as many requests as there are seats available,” Politico reports. Today, the prime minister addressed the AIPAC conference — a brief warm up for the