Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hamas Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

Hamas Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

Today’s Top Stories 1. After days of wrangling, AFP/Times of Israel reports that Palestinian and European diplomats agreed to merge the texts of their draft resolutions on statehood, which will be presented to the UN Security Council today. The US had earlier signaled that would veto a PA crafted resolution sponsored by Jordan, but played coy

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Terror Strikes Sydney

Today’s Top Stories 1. Downtown Sydney was shut down as police and a radical Islamic gunman spent the day in a tense standoff. An estimated 15-30 hostages were held in cafe at the Martin Place pedestrian mall. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Australian and ABC News live-blogged the drama. So did Channel 7, whose news studio

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Palestinian Activist Wages War on the UNRWA

Today’s Top Stories 1. Shots were fired at the Israeli embassy in Athens during the weekend. According to Greek media reports, the anarchist Popular Fighters Group is believed to be responsible. A total of 56 shots were fired at the embassy building on Friday. Nobody was hurt. Israel blamed PA incitement for the attack. 2.

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PA Halting Security Coordination With Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. With Ziad Abu Ein’s autopsy complete, Israeli and PA officials disagree on how to interpet the findings. The 55-year-old PA minister without portfolio died after an altercation with IDF soldiers yesterday. More on all this at YNet. I was especially impressed with Sky News coverage. Reporter Tom Rayner walked viewers through the

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PA Minister Dies After Altercation With Soldiers

Today’s Top Stories 1. PA cabinet minister without portfolio Ziyad Abu Ein died after an altercation with IDF soldiers. Breaking reports say he collapsed after being struck in the chest and/or suffered from tear gas inhalation and/or had a heart attack. According to YNet, “Abu Ein was ill and it is possible his illness played a role

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Israeli Airstrikes Hit Syrian, Hezbollah, Targets

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Syrian opposition sources, yesterday’s Israeli airstrikes destroyed anti-aircraft missiles and drones belonging to Hezbollah. Installations near Damascus International Airport and the town of Dimas were hit. See Jerusalem Post coverage and Amos Harel commentary, while Ron Ben-Yishai examines the Iranian fingerprints. There was no official Israeli comment on the raid.

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Hamas Spokesman Suspended for Harassing Journalist

Today’s Top Stories 1. A growing number of Americans would support a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict if a two-state solution doesn’t work out. The Times of Israel picked up on an survey by Professor Shibley Telhami and published by the Brookings Institute (pdf format). 2. Congress demanded President Obama explain rumors that it’s

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Palestinians Planning Terror to Influence Israeli Elections?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Are Palestinian terrorists planning attacks in order to influence the Israeli elections? 2. Haaretz: The White House is weighing harsher responses to settlement activity. One of the aspects of this that is being looked into by the U.S. government is whether American action against the settlements at this point would weaken

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It’s Official: Israel Schedules Snap Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s official: Israel to hold snap elections on March 17, 2015. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet, Times of Israel, or i24 News coverage. I also liked Ben Wedeman’s summary of the situation for CNN. 2. Globes: Gaza’s inoperative sewage plant may be endangering Ashkelon, potentially exposing the city’s residents (and Israel’s biggest

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Fact-Checking AP’s Denial of Censorship

This week, former Associated Press journalist Matti Friedman leveled some serious charges of censorship, omissions, and systematic bias against the wire service. AP spokesman Paul Colford quickly issued a denial. But that denial is unraveling in the face of fact-checking. One of Friedman’s biggest accusations is that AP reporters were banned from quoting Professor Gerald Steinberg, who founded

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