Author Archives: Pesach Benson

UK Insists No Apology for Balfour Declaration

UK Insists No Apology for Balfour Declaration

Today’s Top Stories 1. To the relief of Britain’s Jewish students, Malia Bouattia lost her bid for re-election as president of the National Union of Students. Bouattia was an anti-Zionist with a history of using anti-Semitic language and not taking Jewish students’ concerns seriously. Shakira Martin, who won 56 percent of the vote, will take

Abbas to Shut Off Money to Gaza and Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sources close to Mahmoud Abbas told the Times of Israel the PA chief may cut off all cash to Gaza. The ultimatum to Hamas: Accept our rule or we’ll stop paying your bills. This “would constitute official recognition of the split between Gaza and the West Bank, a divide that over

French Jews Wary as Marine Le Pen Heads to Final Vote

Today’s Top Stories 1. French Jews are worried about the continuing electoral success of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. Meanwhile, Russian Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar called on French Jewry to leave France if Le Pen wins a May 7 runoff against Emmanuel Macron, a centrist independent candidate. 2. It turns out that the 18

Exiled Israeli-Arab MK Confirms Meetings With Hezbollah Chief

Today’s Top Stories 1. Exiled Israeli Arab MK Azmi Bishara confirmed he has met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah several times since he fled Israel in 2006. Israeli police wanted to arrest Bishara on suspicion of collaborating with Hezbollah during the Second War in Lebanon. Ynet picked up on the former Balad party lawmaker’s interview

Will Israel-Gaza Calm Hold After Hamas Assassination?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Gaza are on alert after a senior Hamas figure was assassinated on Friday night. Mazen Faqha, who was released in the 2011 Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, was tasked with bolstering Hamas’ terror infrastructure in the West Bank, according to the Times of Israel. He was being assisted by other

US-Israeli Citizen Arrested in Ashkelon For JCC Phone Threats

Today’s Top Stories 1. A 19-year-old dual US-Israeli citizen was arrested in Ashkelon on suspicion of carrying out a wave bomb threats made to JCCs and other Jewish institutions around the world. The Jerusalem Post reports what’s known so far after an Israeli judge lifted a gag order on the case: There are still few

Turkish Aid Worker in Gaza a Hamas-Trained Explosives Expert

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Times of Israel and Ynet takes a closer look at what’s known about head of the Turkish government’s humanitarian aid organization in Gaza who was arrested by Israel for working for Hamas. For a “humanitarian aid” official, you have wonder about Muhammad Murtaja’s expertise in manufacturing advanced explosives. Among other

Israel, Lebanon on Collision Course Over Offshore Gas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Lebanon are on a collision course over offshore gas, with Hezbollah deliberately escalating the problem. Globes reports in articles one and two. The establishment of a new government in Lebanon, however, has completely changed the situation. Through the Lebanese political parties associated with it, Hezbollah has made sure that

US Boycotts UN Human Rights Council Debate on Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US boycotted a session of the UN Human Rights Council discussing Israel and the Palestinians. AP explains: State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement took aim at a recurring agenda item at the council, which focuses on Israel and the Palestinian territories — the only one of its kind

Senior UN Official Resigns As Israel ‘Apartheid’ Report Shelved

Today’s Top Stories 1. A senior UN official quit after her agency pulled from its web site a report labeling Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid.” Reuters explains in a nutshell: United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a

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