Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Islamic State Seizes Villages Near Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jihadis linked to Islamic State seized a several Syrian villages near the area where the Israeli, Jordanian and Syrian borders converge. The villages, which had been held by the Free Syrian Army, were captured in a surprise attack on Monday. More at the Times of Israel. The fighters gained control of

IDF Soldier Sentenced For Killing Injured Palestinian Attacker

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli military court sentenced IDF soldier Elor Azaria to 18 months in jail for killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker in Hebron. Azaria was convicted of manslaughter for shooting Abdel Fatah al-Sharif after Sharif and another Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers last March. Azaria was caught on film shooting Sharif

Islamic State in Sinai Fires Rockets at Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State in the Sinai fired two rockets at Israel, landing in open areas and causing no damage. The rockets were fired hours after Islamic State claimed four jihadists were killed by what was claimed to be an Israeli drone strike. An Egyptian military spokesman was quoted by the Jerusalem Post

Will Israel Apartheid Week Breach UK Definition of Anti-Semitism?

Today’s Top Stories 1. British university chiefs were put on notice that Israel Apartheid Week activities hosted on campus run afoul of a definition of anti-Semitism that was adopted by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in December. The Jewish News quoted Michael McCann, director of Israel-Britain Alliance: He added that, as of December, when Theresa

Trump Casts Doubt on Two-State Solution

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a joint press conference (see transcript or video) with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump cast doubt on the future of the two-state solution as a cornerstone of Mideast diplomacy. So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.

White House Official: Two-State Solution Not a Condition for Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. A White House official briefing pool reporters ahead of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a two-state solution isn’t a condition for Israeli-Palestinian peace. More on that at Ynet, the Times of Israel and Associated Press. The story is based wholly on an anonymous source, so

UN Warns Lebanon Not to Arm Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN warned Lebanon not to arm Hezbollah after Lebanese President Michel Aoun told Egyptian media: “As long as the Lebanese army is not strong enough to battle Israel … we feel the need for its existence,” Aoun told the Egyptian TV network CBC on Sunday night. He added that Hezbollah

BDS Leaders of Matisyahu Boycott to Go on Trial

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nine BDS leaders in Spain are going on trial “for the boycott and harassment of Jewish American singer Matisyahu in the summer of 2015.” The Jewish-American singer’s performance at a Spanish reggae festival was cancelled — then reinstated — when boycott activists sought to force him to issue a pro-Palestinian statement

Senior UN Post for Tzipi Livni in the Works?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli media was buzzing with weekend reports that MK Tzipi Livni may be appointed UN Under-Secretary-General. It all stems from a US veto on Friday of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’ appointment as UN’s envoy to Libya, a block hailed by Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, Livni and Secretary-General

ISIS Fires Rockets at Eilat, Mysterious Explosion Rocks Gaza Tunnel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Four rockets were fired at Eilat from the Sinai. Islamic State in the Sinai claimed responsibility and promised more attacks. Three of the rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome; the fourth landed in an open area. Footage out of #Eilat as several projectiles are fired towards #Israel's southern resort city which

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