Israel sees Lebanon bombing as Hezbollah warning to UNIFIL

BY YAAKOV KATZ, JPOST— The bombing of a UNIFIL convoy in southern Lebanon on Tuesday night was likely aimed at sending a message to the peacekeeping force to scale back its operations against Hezbollah, Israeli defense officials said on Wednesday. UNIFIL’s mandate is up for renewal in mid-August and the attack is understood in Israel…

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Susan Rice's Absence Did Not Go Unnoticed

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, COMMENTARY On Tuesday, the United States reaffirmed its opposition to Palestinian plans to sidestep negotiations with Israel and declare a state this fall at the United Nations. But Ambassador Susan Rice, Washington’s top representative at the UN, was apparently nowhere to be found. At the last open meeting of the UN Security…

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Israel must reach out to Hispanic-Americans

BY MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— By all accounts, Israel continues to enjoy widespread support among a large portion of the American public. Despite the hostility shown toward the Jewish state by the current occupant of the White House, sizable majorities of Americans from across the political spectrum continue to value Israel as a reliable ally. And…

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Hezbollah warns Israel against "stealing" gas

BY AP— Hezbollah’s leader is warning Israel against “stealing” Lebanon’s natural oil and gas resources.  A dispute is building between the two arch enemies over their maritime border and huge natural gas and oil reserves beneath the sea. Lebanon has submitted its own sea boundary proposal to the UN, and Israel’s government earlier this month…

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IDF rearms ahead of Palestinian state bid

BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— The Israeli army (IDF) has been busy procuring new weapons for its soldiers in preparation for the aftermath of the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral statehood bid in September. It is widely expected that after the Palestinians petition the UN to recognize a Palestinian mass popular violence will break out against Israel.…

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US Warns Jordan's king: Arab Revolt is on your doorstep

BY DEBKAFILE— Jordan’s King Abdullah II was warned in Washington this week that he had better start introducing political reforms without delay because a revolt against his throne was knocking at his door from neighboring Syria, debkafile’s Washington sources report. The king was handed intelligence updates at the State Department, Pentagon and National Security Council,…

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