The al-Qaida branch in the Arabian Peninsula is believed to be planning a terror attack during the Olympic Games in London, scheduled to begin at the end of the month. According to a Sunday Times report, the plan was to hijack a U.S. passenger plane and crash it on a suicide mission. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been involved in a number of attempts to carry out high-profile attacks on Western targets.
Russian technicians were involved in the taking down of the Turkish fighter jet by the Syrian military last week, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday according to a diplomatic source in the Middle East. The report says that the decision to down the Turkish jet was intended to signal a warning to NATO to stay out of the conflict raging in Syria for over a year.
More in Syria, Opposition activists said Assad's troops killed over 30 people on Saturday when they fired a mortar bomb into a funeral procession for a man who died in shelling a day before. They said amateur video footage, posted on a website, showed the moment the bomb hit the crowd. Another video showed the aftermath - grey smoke filling the air before clearing to show bodies.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir died Saturday night at the age of 96. Shamir, a militant against British rule in the prestate period, was the country’s second longest-serving prime minster after David Ben-Gurion. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s, Shamir opposed a compromise with a Palestinians. In his new blog, Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn explores Shamir's legacy.
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a personal message to Egypt's new president, to honor his country’s contractual obligations to Israel. According to an Israeli official, the letter congratulated Morsi on his election and offered cooperation between Netanyahu's government and the new cabinet in Cairo. Also, Netanyahu expressed his hope that both parties would observe the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
A Hamas militant was given to 54 life sentences by an Israeli military court on Sunday for killing 46 people in a string of bombings during the second intifada. Ibrahim Hamed led Hamas's military wing in the West Bank until his arrest in 2006, six years after the uprising began.
The Palestinian Authority has been distributing to embassies throughout the world for the last few months reports of what it describes as examples of Israeli anti-Palestinian incitement, in response to Israeli allegations of anti-Israel incitement in the PA's educational system and official media outlets. The reports are based mainly on statements made by senior Israeli officials in the media.
The Holocaust museum Yad Vashem in is due to unveil a new wall text on Sunday describing the actions of Pope Pius XII during World War II, softening a previous message which stated that the head of the Catholic Church had not protested verbally or in writing to the murder of Jews by the Nazis. The new wall text still blames Pius XII for not intervening on the Jew's behalf, however it paints a more complex picture of his conduct.
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