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Diplomacy

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The US affiliate of Israel’s Energiya, an international solar development firm headed by Yosef Abramowitz, recently won a $30 million, 17.68 megawatt solar deal in southeastern Georgia, the first utility scale solar project in the region. The enormous 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Georgia Power Company – to be called...

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Hamas is confiscating materials imported to the Gaza Strip for reconstruction and using them to rebuild its terror tunnels, Ynet reports today. Hamas has been commandeering building materials from Israel transferred into the Gaza Strip for reconstruction for the purpose of rebuilding its offensive ‘terror tunnels’, Ynet has learned from...

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Iran

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Well-known Egyptian playwright and intellectual Ali Salem said in a television interview Wednesday night that Hamas, not Israel, was “the real enemy” of Egypt. The Jerusalem Post reports: Egyptian writer and playwright Ali Salem, who has a record of peaceful statements regarding Israel, said Israel is Egypt’s “friend” and Hamas...

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A former leader in the “Open Hillel” movement who is now a critic of the organization has said that “there is no way that Open Hillel can live up to their ostensible principles,” and has called on Peter Beinart, the writer and professor who spoke at the first-ever Open Hillel...

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Human Rights

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s penal code, which was recently published on an online jihadi forum, mandates the death penalty for specific crimes. The code was translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). The terrorist organization’s punishment for “terrorizing people” is exile, a relatively harsh one considering that...

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Diplomacy

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State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, when asked today if the United States would support a proposed United Nations resolution that would set terms of a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, said that “it is not something that we would support.” The Times of Israel reports: Washington has seen the...

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Europe

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The European Union on Wednesday rejected an effort to declare its support for Palestinian statehood outside the contours of bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, a decision that marked a setback for upcoming efforts by Ramallah to secure a United Nations Security Council resolution supporting unilateral moves toward statehood. State Department Spokesperson Jen...

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Diplomacy

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Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released a letter today addressed to their former Senate colleague, Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to announce that the United States will veto any Palestinian resolutions that seek to undermine direct negotiations with Israel and impose terms on the Jewish...

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Global Affairs

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Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah said on Wednesday that his administration was prepared to resign over the growing interference into governing by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Reuters reports that Bahah issued his threat after “Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa raided state institutions and sacked public officials.” Armed Houthis...

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Iran, the main ally of the Syrian regime, is trying to bring Turkey into an alliance with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to leaked documents published in Al-Arab (Arabic link). The Iranians are doing this using a variety of methods, including emphasizing the growing conflict between the American and Turkish governments. In...

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