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Obama Administration admits it is reviewing arms shipments to Israel during conflict - August 15, 2014 (Washington Free Beacon)

The Obama administration confirmed on Thursday reports that it had, in an unusual move, proactively stepped in to hold up arms shipments to Israel for further review as the current conflict in the Gaza strip continues. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed to reporters the accuracy of reports published in both the United States and Israel revealing that the White House was subjecting to further review Israeli requests for ammunition shipments, which typically have not needed explicit White House approval.

Malaysia cracks down on teen for ‘liking’ Israel - August 14, 2014 (I24News)

A Malaysian teenager is being investigated by police for sedition after “liking” a pro-Israel Facebook posting, sparking outrage over perceived growing intolerance in the Muslim-majority country. The 17-year-old student in the northern state of Penang had “liked” a post that declared “I love Israel” and featured a picture of the Jewish state’s flag, Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi was quoted as saying Wednesday by Malaysian media. The youth is subject to three years in prison.

U.S. to force Israel’s hand in Gaza? - August 19, 2014 (Accuracy in Media)

“The US offering to Hamas to “guarantee” Israeli commitments to any agreement signed? As if anyone needed proof of the Obama administration’s antipathy to Israel, here it was in black and white. If any party needed a commitment to enforce its agreements in any deal, it would have been Hamas, which has been known to break every commitment it ever made.”

Do recently discovered buried coins shed light on the Parable of the Talents in the Gospel of Matthew? - August 13, 2014 (Bible Study and Christian Life)

On this past Tuesday came news that archaeologists digging near the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv Highway had uncovered a cache of ancient Jewish buried coins. The inscription and images on the 114 bronze coins allow us to date them precisely to 70 CE—the exact year that the Romans conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple. In the midst of this turbulent time, a Jewish person saw fit to place the money in a small ceramic box and bury it for safekeeping.

Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley - August 19, 2014 (Washington Post)

The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. A video posted on YouTube, later removed, purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government “my real killers.” A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff, like Foley an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria’s civil war, then appears in the video. The masked executioner, speaking in English with what sounds like a British accent, identifies Sotloff and says that “the life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.” U.S. intelligence officials said they were still evaluating the video and could not immediately authenticate it.

Obama Authorizes Airstrikes in Iraq - August 07, 2014 (The New York Times)

U.S. president Barack Obama authorized limited air strikes against ISIS militants in northern Iraq (NYT) to prevent the killing of religious minorities and any threats to U.S. personnel and interests in Baghdad and the Kurdish capital of Erbil. The United States began to drop relief supplies (Reuters) to Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamist militants. The move marks the first time the United States has taken such steps for military action since the militants began an offensive in June that overran swathes of northern and western Iraq and declared a “caliphate” in captured areas of Iraq and Syria.

Maliki’s Bid to Keep Power in Iraq Seems to Collapse - August 12, 2014 (The New York Times)

Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s defiant fight to retain power in Iraq appeared to collapse on Tuesday after his former backers in Iran, the military and his own party all signaled that he could no longer expect their support.

ISIS killed 500 Yazidis, buried some alive including women and children in Iraq - August 11, 2014 (RT)

Extremists from the Islamic State have killed at least 500 people, including women and children, Iraqi officials said. Some of the victims were buried alive. The killings reported by Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to Reuters add to a long list of atrocities reportedly committed by the radical group in Iraq and neighboring Syria, where it wants to create a caliphate. “We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing [their ancient home city of] Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic State have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar,” Sudani said.

Foreign National to help lead U.S. Troops in Europe - August 12, 2014 (WND)

In an unprecedented move, a German officer has been appointed to a key command post over the U.S. Army in Europe. According to Germany’s defense ministry, Laubenthal will serve as “the right-hand man” to Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr., who commands more than 37,000 U.S. Army Europe, USAREUR, personnel from headquarters in the central German city of Wiesbaden.

Turkey’s New Sultan - August 12, 2014 (Wall Street Journal)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan called his triumph in Turkey’s weekend presidential election a “trophy night for democracy.” That’s one way to put it. Another is that Mr. Erdogan is using his success at the polls to move his country toward a politics of illiberalism that will undermine democracy. Sunday’s vote marked the first time Turks directly elected a president. Mr. Erdogan, who has served 11 years as Prime Minister, garnered 52% of ballots—13 points ahead of Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the candidate put forward by the two main opposition parties, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Selahattin Demirtas of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party placed a distant third with 10%.

Gaza cease-fire could save Hamas from military collapse and Israel from PR disaster - August 05, 2014 (Haaretz)

After the outrage sparked by the carnage in Rafah, Israel stood on the verge of the ‘Goldstonization’ of its’ Gaza campaign and on the brink of a diplomatic meltdown.

The pummelling of Gaza has cost Israel sympathy not just in Europe, but also among Americans. Israelis are debating how to respond - August 02, 2014 (The Economist)

“WAS Israel all a mistake?” asks a lawyer at a debate on the Gazan war in a grand Georgian library in Manchester. None of the 40 or so professionals present says no. In the streets outside noisy, heavily policed anti-Israel demonstrations are taking place. “Death to Jews,” a few protesters chant at ultra-Orthodox Jews on their way home through Broughton Park, in the north of the English city.

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