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Israel foils major Hamas
terror attack at Jerusalem stadium

Shin Bet security agency announces recent arrest of over 30 Hamas operatives, members of large-scale terror ring aiming to carry out multiple attacks across Israel and abroad • Members recruited as early as 2012, extensively trained for specific missions.

The Shin Bet security agency uncovered a massive Hamas terrorist ring in the West Bank two months ago, which planned to carry out major terror attacks at Jerusalem's largest soccer stadium and on the Jerusalem light rail as well as car bombings and abductions, the agency revealed on Thursday.

The terror ring was overseen by the new Hamas headquarters in Turkey, and its members included Hamas operatives trained abroad and inserted into the area for the sole purpose of these attacks.

During the course of the investigation, Israeli authorities arrested more than 30 operatives and recovered two M-16 assault rifles, ammunition and bomb-making materials.

EU holds bitter debate over whether to recognize Palestine

European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (C) speaks during a debate on the recognition of Palestinian statehood, on November 26, 2014 (photo: AFP/FREDERICK FLORIN)

New EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called on Israel and the Palestinians Wednesday to resume direct peace talks, as the European Parliament debated whether to recognize a Palestinian state.

“The sense of urgency is getting higher and higher in the absence of a political context,” Mogherini told lawmakers at the start of what she said was a “timely” debate. “There has to be a direct dialogue.”

The debate came as a growing number of European leaders and lawmakers are calling for unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state.

In Wednesday’s debate, European Parliament members appeared sharply divided on what policy to endorse. One lawmaker branded Israel “a state of child killers and land robbers,” while another likened a Palestinian state to the Islamic State terrorist group.

A vote, originally expected Thursday, was put off until December.

Germany Warns Wrecking Russian Economy Would Be Perilous

The skyscrapers of the Moscow International Business Center,
also known as Moscow City. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Germany wants to avoid wrecking Russia’s economy with sanctions imposed in the conflict over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.

The economic measures are taking a toll on Russia, so the European Union doesn’t need to intensify them, Steinmeier said in a speech today in Berlin. Instead, Germany must take the lead in negotiations aimed at defusing the eight-month conflict on Europe’s eastern periphery, he said.

“An economically isolated Russia, one that may face collapse, would not help improve security in Europe or in Ukraine, but would pose a danger to itself and others,” Steinmeier said. “One of the problems is that many people aren’t having a dialogue. That’s not true of the Germans.”

Time running out for Gaza reconstruction;
Hamas and the PA yet to overcome their differences

Time is running out to get post-war reconstruction going in Gaza, which needs not only cement and bricks but also fundamental political change, the EU's representative said during a visit to the enclave on Wednesday.

Speaking at the opening of an exhibition of photographs taken during the July-August war, John Gatt-Rutter said he was painfully aware how much needed to be done to speed up the delivery of aid to Gaza's 1.8 million people.

"A long time has gone by without enough cement or enough materials coming in that will allow people to rebuild their houses," said the EU representative to the West Bank and Gaza.

"We do not have the luxury of waiting infinitely... There is a real need to move urgently and diplomatically and politically to try to work something out."

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