Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hamas Executes Three Palestinians

Hamas Executes Three Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas executed three Palestinians this morning who had been convicted of murder in separate cases. The Daily Telegraph notes that they were not carried out in public, as Hamas had claimed they would when first announcing the executions. Reuters, AP, and the BBC, among others, picked up on this. 2. Prime

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Police Recommend Indicting Sara Netanyahu for Graft

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police are recommending that Sara Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges related to financial improprieties at the Prime Minister’s residence. Take your pick of Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, and Haaretz coverage. 2. Not that anyone would meddle in internal Palestinian affairs, but a number of Arab states are reportedly

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State Comptroller Slams Government’s Fight Against BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s state comptroller issued a scathing report on the way the Israeli government is fighting BDS. Yosef Shapira denounced the Ministry of ForeignAffairs for having no strategy, no funds, no coordination with other relevant ministries, and no successes to claim of. All because of politics and bureaucracy. Read it and weep.

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Photographers Boycott Netanyahu Press Conference

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel halted the return of terrorists’ bodies after the funeral of Alaa Abu Jamaal “turned into a display of hatred and incitement,” YNet reports. Jamaal rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop in October, then proceeded to attack people with a meat cleaver, killing Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky. 2. Were Photographers

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Were Photographers Right to Boycott Bibi’s Press Conference?

In a show of solidarity, press photographers boycotted yesterday’s joint press conference of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his visiting French counterpart, Manuel Valls. They were protesting the behavior of Netanyahu’s security detail, who demanded that pool photographer Atef Safadi take off his pants before entering the venue. The Ramallah-based Safadi, who works for European

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Hamas to Publicly Execute 13 Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas announced that it’s planning a series of public executions. According to AFP, the 13 Palestinians on death row were convicted of criminal offenses, “mostly murder connected to robberies.” Of the more than 170 Palestinians sentenced to death since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, around 30 have been

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Gazans Admit Fearing Hamas Tunnels Too

Today’s Top Stories 1. Worth reading: Thumbs up to the New York Times for a heckuva dispatch about Gazans living in dread of Hamas’ tunnels. Palestinians told reporter Diaa Hadid they hear the sounds of digging and fret about the consequences of tunnels in their civilian areas, validating what Israelis in Netiv Ha-Asara are also hearing). A neighbor

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Netanyahu Engineers Political Shake-Up

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli coalition politics is a combination of Game of Thrones and musical chairs. In a bid to expand his one-seat parliamentary majority, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lured Avigdor Liberman back into the government by giving him the Defense Ministry. This happened as efforts to form a national unity coalition with Isaac

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Melania Trump: Reporter Provoked Death Threats and Anti-Semitic Trolls

Today’s Top Stories 1. Donald Trump’s wife, Melania discussed for the first time the anti-Semitic abuse supporters piled on reporter Julia Ioffe, who wrote a somewhat critical GQ profile about her. Mrs. Trump’s concluding comment isn’t going over well on Jewish social media. Here’s the key snippet in full, as Mickey Rapkin of Du Jour

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