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Drinking Kosher Moonshine in Pariah Town

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Bibi:  Goddam this moonshine’s good – give me more!

General Z:  Think you’ve had enough – should go home now and–

Bibi:  Awww put a sock in it and give me s’more – I’m in the middle of having a great fish-fish… fission: I mean vision–

General Z:  Mr. Prime Minister, I urge you please stop drinking or you’ll–

Bibi snatches the bottle of moonshine from the General’s hand and takes a long spilling swig.

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Israel, Russia to coordinate military action on Syria: Netanyahu – Reuters

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia – Israel and Russia agreed on Monday to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow.

Recent Russian reinforcements for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which regional sources say include warplanes and anti-aircraft systems, worry Israel, whose jets have on occasion bombed the neighboring Arab country to foil suspected handovers of advanced arms to Assad’s Lebanese guerrilla ally Hezbollah.

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Most Palestinians no longer support two-state solution – Ali Sawafta/Reuters

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RAMALLAH, West Bank – More than half of Palestinians no longer support a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, a survey released on Monday showed, rejecting the goal that has underpinned four decades of international diplomacy.

The poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, a leading research group in the Palestinian territories, found that 51 percent of Palestinians oppose the two-state solution while 48 percent support it.

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IS defectors 'disillusioned with killing Muslims' – AFP

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London – A growing number of “disillusioned” Islamic State fighters are defecting from the jihadist group and could be used by governments to deter potential recruits, a report published Monday said.

At least 58 people have left the group and publicly spoken about their defection since January 2014, according to the report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ISCR) at King’s College London.

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US singer Pharrell faces protest at S.African concert – AFP

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Cape Town – Grammy award-winning American musician Pharrell Williams will face a protest by thousands of Palestinian supporters at a concert in Cape Town on Monday, organisers of the demonstration said.

Members of pro-Palestinian group Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) are campaigning against the singer’s partnership with major South African retail group Woolworths, over its imports from Israel.

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Yes, America's Military Supremacy Is Fading (And We Should Not Panic) – Robert Farley/The National Interest

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Last week, Air Force General Frank Gorenc argued that the airpower advantage the United States has enjoyed over Russia and China is shrinking. This warning comes as part of a deluge of commentary on the waning international position of the United States. The U.S. military, it would seem, is at risk of no longer being able to go where it wants, and do what it wants to whomever it wants. Diplomatically, the United States has struggled, as of late, to assemble “coalitions of the willing” interested in following Washington into the maw of every waiting crisis.

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The iconic Beirut kebab house that thrived even during war – Hugh Naylor/The Washington Post

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BEIRUT — In a country that has long faced the uncertainty of war and religious strife, you can bet on one thing. The doors that lead to Barbar’s world-class kebabs will be open.

Arguably the most famous eatery in Lebanon has never closed since opening for business in 1979, the many fans of the establishment will tell you.

The spits that rotate Barbar’s succulent hunks of beef and chicken over slow-roasting flames didn’t stop during the civil war that ended in 1990, management and employees say with pride. They say the grilling continued – 24/7 – even on the day that a rocket-propelled grenade struck the Beirut-based restaurant’s entrance.

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Rebels see tougher war with Russians in Syria, evoke Afghanistan – Tom Perry/Reuters

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Rebels who have inflicted big losses on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad say Russia’s intervention in support of its ally will only lead to an escalation of the war and may encourage the rebels’ Gulf Arab backers to pour in more military aid.

Russia’s deployment is prompting a reassessment of the conflict among insurgents whose advances in western Syria in recent months may have been the catalyst for Russia’s decision. U.S. officials say Russian forces are already arriving.

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Settler Terrorism: An American Problem – Ibrahim Sharqieh/HuffPo

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Writing to the Huffington Post has proven to be much easier for me than explaining to my Virginia-born, 12-year-old daughter why a group of youths near the West Bank city of Nablus where throwing stones at the Israeli army last month as we found ourselves stuck in traffic due to the crossfire. I had to tell her that the protests were because Israeli settlers living nearby had attacked the home of a Palestinian family, setting it on fire as they slept and burning 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh to death. Last week my task became harder as I had to explain to my daughter that the toddler’s mother also died after a month of fighting serious burns in the hospital, just as his father did several weeks ago.

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Biggest Threat to US National Security – Preston James/Veterans Today

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The biggest threat to true US National Security is the Establishment itself, best referred to as the “National Security State”.

America is now plagued by an Establishment controlled National Security Apparatus which itself is our current biggest threat to National Security.

Yes, the biggest current threat to our real US National Security is from the Establishment itself: the network of Establishment controlled institutions and agencies that claim their main function is to protect US National Security.

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Brazil rejects naming of former settlement director as Israel ambassador – Fox News Latino

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff rejected Israel’s naming of a former settlement director, Dani Dayan, as the Jewish state’s ambassador in Brasilia because of the message that could send.

Rousseff informed Israel of her discomfort with Dayan’s appointment because he had lived in a settlement in occupied Palestinian territory and had been the head of a movement that the international community rejects, the daily Yediot Aharonot reported Sunday.
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Israel Needs New Friends – Shmuel Rosner/The New York Times

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TEL AVIV — Now that the Iran nuclear deal is a fait accompli, it has become a well-established belief that relations between America and Israel are at a low point. Most Israelis argue that this is mainly because of President Obama’s policies.

Opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tend to point their finger at the Israeli prime minister. But the two camps agree on the way forward: the kind of relations the countries used to have must be restored, they say. The first step in this healing process is supposed to occur when Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu meet in Washington in early November.

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