Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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World Mourns Death of Shimon Peres

World Mourns Death of Shimon Peres

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s gearing up for a massive state funeral after the death of its last remaining founding father, Shimon Peres. The 93-year-old Peres passed away in Tel Aviv’s Tel HaShomer Hospital after suffering a massive stroke two weeks ago. Peres will lie in state in the Knesset on Thursday until the Friday

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Shimon Peres ‘Drastically Deteriorating’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Shortly before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that “the medical status of former President Shimon Peres has drastically deteriorated,” and that “the neurological damage to the former president is irreversible.” The 93-year-old Peres was hospitalized two weeks ago after suffering a major stroke. Developing . . . 2. Turkey’s Jews

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Jordan Signs $10B Deal for Israeli Gas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jordan signed a $10 billion deal with Noble Energy to buy natural gas from Israel’s offshore Leviathan gas field over the next 15 years. 2. According to Asharq al Awsat, Russia wants to literally empty Aleppo of its residents. Can you image the outrage if Israel was even reportedly interested in

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Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prominent Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down outside an Amman courthouse on his way to face charges for sharing on Facebook a cartoon portraying Allah and viewed as offensive to Islam. The illustration was titled “God of Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.   The

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Assailant Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Ankara

Today’s Top Stories 1. A man with a knife was shot apparently trying to enter the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no embassy staff were hurt during the incident. Turkish bomb squad personnel were also investigating a suspicious package found near the embassy. CNN Turk named the attacker as Osman Nuri

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Israel Shoots Down Hamas Drone

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli fighter jet shot down a Hamas drone over Gaza as it headed in the direction of Israeli air space. 2. The University of California-Berkeley reinstated controversial course on history of Palestine. The Los Angeles Times explains: Then campus officials reversed gears Monday, reinstating the course after students, faculty, free-speech advocates

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Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947

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Terror Surge Shatters Weekend

Today’s Top Stories 1. The weekend saw a spike in Palestinian terror attacks. See below for a roundup of what happened and what the commentaries are saying. 2. Israel recently confirmed it will allow a delegation from the International Criminal Court to visit to assess whether the country could be put on trial for alleged war

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French MP Visits West Bank Jail to Learn About Fight Against Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. A visiting French MP raised eyebrows telling Israeli students that France needs administrative detention to help combat Islamic terror. The Jerusalem Post reports that George Fenech then went on to visit the Ofer Prison, located in the West Bank, to learn more about the controversial counter-terror measure that allows the state

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