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Child soldiers sign of weakened Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2014

Reports that Hizbollah is sending ever-younger fighters to Syria - some as young as 16 - is a further indication that the Lebanese Shia organisation is becoming drastically stretched as it operates on four fronts.

Hizbollah continues to maintain an arsenal of around 60,000 rockets near Israel's northern border while it fights in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

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Turks boycott top writer

By Nathalie Rothschild, August 22, 2014

Turkish-Jewish novelist Mario Levi says he "does not feel safe" in Turkey due "strong antisemitic currents".

Mr Levi's books were recently among the targets of a boycott campaign which called on people not to buy "Jewish products".

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Ceasefire extended for 24 hours

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2014

The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for 24 hours so that talks in Cairo can continue.

An Egyptian government statement released late on Monday confirmed the truce will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday to give time for a longer-term deal to be done.

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Israel foiled Hamas third intifada plot

By JC Reporter, August 18, 2014

Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, said today that earlier this year it foiled a major attack by Hamas on the Palestinian Authority.

Shin Bet officials told reporters that Hamas had been plotting to topple PA President Mahmoud Abbas and spark a third intifada against Israel.

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Erdogan, a wannabe sultan

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Turkish Airlines announced last week that it was cancelling two of its seven daily flights to Ben Gurion Airport.

Despite the fact that commercial ties between the two countries remain strong and Istanbul is an attractive and competitive hub for Israelis, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relentless anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric has taken its toll.

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What ideas drive Turkish foreign policy? Think lebensraum

By Michael Daventry, August 14, 2014

The architect of Turkey's foreign policy is a pan-Islamist academic who considers Israel a "geopolitical tumour" and believes his country needs lebensraum.

That is according to an analysis of Ahmet Davutoglu's writing in his former guise as a university professor in the 1990s, before he entered politics as Recep Tayyip Erdogan's foreign affairs adviser.

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Frankfurt interfaith row

By Toby Axelrod, August 14, 2014

Frankfurt's Jewish community has quit a state interfaith council over allegedly antisemitic and anti-Israel statements by local Muslim leaders, some of whom are members of the inter-religious panel.

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Israel treating victims of jihad

By Shira Rubin, August 14, 2014

For the past week in northern Iraq, tens of thousands of Yazidis, a religious minority, have been stranded on the Sinjar Mountain, facing death by starvation or by the Isis jihadis, who awaited them below.

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Australians warned of long war against jihad

By Dan Goldberg, August 14, 2014

Australia faces a brutal, century-long war against radical Islamists that will be fought at home and overseas, a former army chief warned this week.

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Iraq horror hands Israel a dream coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

The decision by the Obama administration to launch air-strikes against Isis in Iraq over the weekend has brought to the fore a new Middle East crisis that, at least for a few days, overtook Gaza as the world's number one story.

But beyond shifting international attention, the chaos in Iraq, which is rapidly redrawing boundaries in the region, could have major implications for Israel.

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