The shadow war between Israel and Iran takes center stage

  1. The shadow war between Israel and Iran takes center stage  Washington Post
  2. Red lines “are just political,” says Iranian top diplomat  CBS News
  3. Is Israel-Iran clash imminent?  Al-Monitor
  4. Iran and Israel Play Down Threat of War – Full Transcript of Iranian FM on CBS  Haaretz
  5. Will Trump’s new Syria strategy work?  Fox News
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New Palestinian deaths bring toll from Israel clashes to 40

New Palestinian deaths bring toll from Israel clashes to 40Two Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel were pronounced dead Monday, a Gaza official said, bringing the toll from Israeli fire since March 30 to 40. A spokesman for the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry named the latest fatalities as Tahrir Wahba, 18, and Abdullah Shamali, 20. Wahba was shot in the head in a clash east of Khan Yunis on April 6, and Shamali died of “bullet wounds to his belly” sustained on Friday, said spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.


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Israel dismisses claims that Mossad killed Palestinian activist in Malaysia

Israel dismisses claims that Mossad killed Palestinian activist in MalaysiaIsrael’s defence minister has dismissed claims that Israel assassinated a Palestinian Hamas member and scholar who was shot dead in Malaysia. Avigdor Lieberman said it was more likely Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was killed on Saturday as part of “an internal Palestinian dispute.” He also added that al-Batsh who was a scientist, was a “rocket expert and no saint”. The academic’s family had blamed the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, for orchestrating the assassination.  “There are accusations only against the Israeli Mossad and the Malaysian government should accelerate the investigation,” al-Batsh’s father, Mohamed said. The Palestinian was killed by two assailants as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, according to local police.  Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said one of the suspects “fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body. He died on the spot.”  Palestinians attend a memorial ceremony for Fadi al-Batsh Credit: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Police said CCTV footage showed him being targeted by gunmen who had waited almost 20 minutes for him to arrive. On Sunday, the inspector general of the Malaysian police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said a comprehensive investigation was ongoing. He added that no clear motive had emerged and no arrests have been made so far. “Was he killed by a live bullet? My answer is yes. The post-mortem is ongoing now; we will give details later,” he said. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister, said the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency, according to state news agency Bernama.   The militant group, Hamas, described al-Batsh on Twitter as a “young Palestinian scholar from Jabalia in the Gaza Strip.” It added: “He was a distinguished scientist who contributed to the energy sector.”  On Saturday they tweeted photos from the condolences tent set up for al-Batsh. The Iz-al Din al Qassam brigade, the Islamic movement’s militant wing, also held a memorial, which suggested al-Batsh was one of its military commanders, the Associated Press reported.   Al-Batsh was also known as a ‘second’ imam at his local mosque and had been reportedly been living in Malaysia for the past 10 years. He is survived by his wife and three children. 


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Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over Syria

Iran, Israel play down prospects they'll go to war over SyriaBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iran and Israel traded blame on Sunday for an unprecedented, weeks-long surge in hostilities between their forces over Syria but played down prospects of a spillover into war. A showdown between the arch-foes has loomed since Feb. 10, when Israel said an armed Iranian drone launched from a Syrian base penetrated its territory. Israel downed the drone and, during a reprisal raid, lost an F-16 jet to Syrian ground fire.


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Israel dismisses claims Mossad behind Malaysia assassination

Israel dismisses claims Mossad behind Malaysia assassinationIsrael’s defence minister on Sunday dismissed claims the country’s spy agency was behind the assassination of a Palestinian scientist in Malaysia, suggesting instead that his killing was a “settling of accounts”. Speaking to Israeli radio, Avigdor Lieberman described the dead Palestinian, a member of Islamist militant group Hamas, as “no saint” and said he had been involved in rocket production. Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a Kuala Lumpur drive-by shooting on Saturday, according to Malaysian authorities, with his family accusing Israel’s Mossad spy agency of the assassination.


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Israel dismisses suggestions it killed Palestinian in Malaysia

Israel dismisses suggestions it killed Palestinian in MalaysiaIsrael’s defence minister said on Sunday a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and “no saint”, but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel’s Mossad spy agency assassinated him. Two men on a motorcycle fired 10 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer, in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, killing him on the spot, the city’s police chief, Mazlan Lazim said. Hamas, an Islamist militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, said one of its members had been assassinated in Malaysia.


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Palestinians Protest on Heels of Israel's 70th Birthday

  1. Palestinians Protest on Heels of Israel’s 70th Birthday  Wall Street Journal
  2. Two Palestinians Killed by Israeli Fire as Gaza Protests Dwindle  Bloomberg
  3. Liberman credits IDF for smaller Gaza protest turnout  The Times of Israel (blog)
  4. Gaza: The Lesser Child of Israel’s Occupation  New York Times
  5. Gaza border clashes resume between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces  Washington Post
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4 killed in fresh protests, clashes on Gaza-Israel border

4 killed in fresh protests, clashes on Gaza-Israel borderThousands protested along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel in a fourth straight Friday of mass demonstrations and clashes, with four Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces. Israeli army gunfire killed a 15-year-old boy and two young men, aged 24 and 25, in northern Gaza, rescue workers said, and a 29-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in the south of the coastal enclave. The latest deaths brought to 38 the toll of those killed by Israeli forces since March 30, with hundreds of others also wounded by gunfire, according to Gaza’s health ministry.


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