Israel bombs Hamas positions after rockets were fired from Palestinian enclave injured several Israelis

The Times of Israel reports that Israel’s air force bombed 12 Hamas positions across the Gaza Strip Wednesday night after dozens of rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israeli communities from the Palestinian enclave, including one barrage that slammed into the city of Sderot, injuring several Israelis.… Be Informed

Palestine elected as presiding country of the UN Group of 77

New York Times / Al Jazeera: The state of Palestine has been elected as the presiding country of the Group of 77, the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, a move that has irked Israel.

The Group of 77 was established in 1964 by 77 countries and was designed to promote their collective economic interests, as well as to enhance their joint negotiating capacity on all major international economic issues within the UN.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

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Your Morning Briefing provides you with the salient news of the main happenings in Malta, Europe and the World.

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Greece Wild FireGreece has “serious indications” that a fire that killed at least 83 people near Athens earlier this week was started deliberately. 

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Russia thanks Israel for hitting IS launcher in Syria

Times of Israel: The Russian Defence Ministry said it thanked the Israeli army for destroying an Islamic State missile launcher that fired two rockets Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Galilee.

While Israel’s assessment was that the rockets were a case of errant fire in the conflict between Assad regime forces and Islamic State jihadists, Moscow contended that the rockets were fired deliberately by Islamic State at Israel in a bid to draw the Jewish state into the conflict, and have Israel open fire on Syrian regime targets.… Be Informed

Netanyahu defends downing of Syrian fighter jet

The Times of Israel reports that two Patriot missiles fired at Sukhoi aircraft that penetrated two kilometers into Israeli territory, military says; one of the pilots reported killed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the downing of a Syrian fighter jet that traveled into Israeli airspace on Tuesday afternoon, warning that Israel would continue to take similar action against any incursion into its territory.… Be Informed

Wednesday Morning Briefing

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The apocalyptic scenes from Greece, the deaths and the drama related to the wildfires dominate European headlines. In Malta the Egrant inquiry publication remains the main story, though as time is passing the internal dissent within the Nationalist Party takes the front stage of the whole drama.… Be Informed

Reform Jews should reflect on the significance of a large stone that came crashing down on the Western Wall’s egalitarian prayer plaza earlier in the day – Deputy Mayor

Reuters reports that an elderly worshipper had a close call on Monday when a 100-kg  stone suddenly fell from Jerusalem’s Western Wall and crashed at her feet.

The Israel Antiquities Authority said the boulder may have been dislodged by erosion caused by vegetation or moisture in the biblical wall, the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray.… Be Informed

Syria slams ‘criminal’ evacuation of White Helmet rescuers by Israel

The Times of Israel reports that the foreign ministry in Damascus condemned on Monday the evacuation of hundreds of trapped White Helmets rescue workers and their relatives from Syria’s south through its foe and neighbour, Israel.

More than 400 rescue workers and family members from Syria’s southern provinces of Daraa and Quneitra were ferried into Israel on Sunday, then taken into Jordan for resettlement in Western countries.… Be Informed

Russian Foreign Minister meets Netanyahu in talks over Iranian presence in Syria

YNEWS: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday in talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria.

Netanyahu announced earlier at a Cabinet meeting that Russian President Vladimir Putin had a few days ago requested the meeting with the high level delegation that includes Russia’s chief of the military’s General Staff, Gen.… Be Informed

800 White Helmets rescuers and their families evacuated from Syria to Jordan by Israeli forces at the request of USA and EU

Al Jazeera: Israel has evacuated 800 White Helmets rescuers and their families from Syria to Jordan overnight at the request of the United States and European countries.

On Twitter, the Israeli military said it had “recently completed a humanitarian effort to rescue members of the Syrian civil organisation and their families” after a “request of the United States and additional European countries”.… Be Informed

Saturday Morning Briefing

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From Malta to Kazakistan via Italy, to the UK and Brussels, from Libya to Singapore and our obvious stop in the US our morning briefing presents you how the major news agencies and outlets reported the salient happenings of the past 24 hours.… Be Informed

Friday Morning Briefing

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The dust haven’t settled yet on Monday’s summit Trump invites Putin for a second meeting for Autumn, this time in Washington. The EU issued a stark warning to all member states about the possible repercussions of a no-deal Brexit (or Brexit in any form) as the March 30 2019 date looms.… Be Informed