Tag Archives: Yemen


Russia Nixes Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Russia Nixes Snapback Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Vatican made news by signing a treaty with the Palestinians governing the Holy See’s activities and legal status in the PA. News services, however, spun the story as the Vatican recognizing the state of Palestine. Fortunately, Washington Post reporter William Booth went against the grain, pointing out that the Vatican


Israeli Airstrike on Sudan?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel launch an air strike on Sudan overnight? Something attacked an unspecified military target near Khartoum. While the Sudanese army claims it downed an Israeli drone north of Khartoum, Israel hasn’t commented. YNet coverage suffices. Israel has attacked Sudanese arms facilities and convoys in the past, destroying weapons destined for Hamas.


US Confirms Israeli Assessments of Iranian Breakout Time

Today’s Top Stories 1. Eli Lake got the scoop: De-classified US documents confirm what Israel has said time and again: Iran is just two or three months away from enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Moreover, the Obama administration has held this assessment for several years. What changed? Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama


What’s Behind Series of Israeli Gestures to the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Jerusalem Post and i24 News note that Prime Minister Netanyahu has made quite a few goodwill gestures to the Palestinians of late, most notably allowing the deployment of armed and uniformed Palestinian policemen in certain areas near eastern Jerusalem for the first time since the Oslo accords were signed more


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


Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)


Palestinian Refugees Join Syrian Jihadists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Sydney Morning Herald takes a look at a Palestinian refugee camp from which a lot of Palestinian youth leave to join Al-Qaida affiliates in Syria. Why have 52 young adults from UNRWA-administered refugee camps like Ain al-Hilweh died fighting with the Islamists? The overcrowded camp 40 kilometres south of Beirut


Iran, Hezbollah Expand Presence in Golan

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran and Hezbollah are expanding their presence in the Syrian Golan as Bashar Assad’s offensive rolls on. 2. According Arab reports, an Egyptian airstrike killed a Hamas commander in the Sinai. But the family of Abdallah Saeed Kashta maintains he was killed with fellow jihadis in Libya. Hamas denies Kashta was


Iran Expands Influence In Red Sea

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt freed Peter Greste, the Al-Jazeera reporter accused of helping the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news. The Australian journalist’s release needs to be viewed in the larger context of Egypt’s rapprochement with Qatar, whose royal family owns Al-Jazeera, as Amin Saikal explains. Its easier to understand these maneuverings as Calvinball in Cairo. Greste’s