Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Today’s Top Stories 1. The good news from the Yarmouk refugee camp is that ISIS is gone. The bad news? The Al Qaida-affiliated Jahbat al-Nusra (better known as the Nusra Front) controls the camp. Moreover, the Irish Times reports that the Nusra Front colluded with ISIS to weaken a rival Hamas-linked group calling itself Aknaf Beit

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What’s Behind Series of Israeli Gestures to the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Jerusalem Post and i24 News note that Prime Minister Netanyahu has made quite a few goodwill gestures to the Palestinians of late, most notably allowing the deployment of armed and uniformed Palestinian policemen in certain areas near eastern Jerusalem for the first time since the Oslo accords were signed more

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Syrian Army Resumes Chemical Weapon Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp told AFP and Channel 4 that ISIS forces have largely withdrawn from the camp. Don’t hold your breath for waiting for any media conversation on matters like disproportionate force, civilian casualties, attacking hospitals, etc. What happens in Yarmouk stays in Yarmouk. “Today there are no more

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Russia to Supply Advanced Air Defense System to Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia lifted a ban on selling Iran an advanced S-300 air-defense missile system as part of a larger oil-for-goods deal. Israeli officials told the Times of Israel that if the sale goes ahead, it’ll change the Mideast balance of power. More at Reuters. Israeli officials said supply of the system to

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Palestinians Join Forces With Assad Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a week off from the computer, there’s a lot developments and fallout with the Iranian nuclear understanding to catch up on. The White House is touting an understanding but contradictory accounts of what’s been agreed to and criticisms from heavyweight personalities like Henry Kissinger and nuclear experts are dogging the

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Saudis Launch Airstrikes on Houthis in Yemen

Today’s Top Stories 1. Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on Houthi positions in Yemen. The US confirmed it’s providing logistical and intelligence support for Operation Decisive Storm. Iran demanded an immediate halt to the attacks. More at Al-Arabiya. Meanwhile, Israeli officials are trying to keep tabs on the safety of Yemen’s remaining 100 or so Jews. The Jews

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Saudi Military to Intervene in Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Saudis are beefing up their military presence along their border with Yemen. US officials told Reuters the deployment looks defensive, but YNet says the signs point to a Saudi offensive. Will the Saudis intervene in the civil war? 2. YNet: Israel freezing construction in Har Homa; 1,500 housing units on

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Israel and US Boycott UN Human Rights Meeting

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the US boycotted today’s session of the UN Human Rights Council. Hillel Neuer explains in a nutshell council that the council debated seven reports (see ‘em all at links 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7) targeting Israel. By the end of this week, the council will also adopt four

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Post-Election Israeli-US Tensions Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Post-elections tensions between Washington and Jerusalem continued. Here’s Benyamin Netanyahu’s full interview with Andrea Mitchell of NBC News explaining his pre-election comments that had the White House and Big Media up in arms. The prime minister also talked to NPR and Fox News. (NPR got a followup response from Saeb Erekat.)

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