Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Israeli Coalition Talks Go Down to the Wire

Israeli Coalition Talks Go Down to the Wire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas and the Salafists are duking it out in Gaza. I’m not clear on the chronological order of events here, but here’s what’s going on in Gaza: – A bombing outside the Hamas security headquarters (a perimeter wall was damaged). – An ISIS threat of “dire consequences” if Hamas doesn’t release a detained

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Soldiers’ “Testimonies” Break Credibility, Not Silence

Today’s Top Stories 1. A few papers picked up on Breaking the Silence’s 240 page collection of soldiers’ testimonies about last year’s Gaza war. But not complaining to superiors about ethical issues — rather anonymously slinging mud about unverifiable incidents — breaks credibility, not silence. This Washington Post snippet aptly sums up what you need to

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Correcting the Record: Tel Aviv Is Not Israel’s Capital

When Sky News incorrectly referred to Tel Aviv as Israel’s capital, HonestReporting contacted reporter Sean Dilley. Palestinian efforts to delegitimize Israeli ties to the city, as well as the international community’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem as the capital, are a sensitive point for many Jews.  While the world is free to not recognize Jerusalem, incorrectly

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US to Sacrifice Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge for Iran Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Might the White House sacrifice Israel’s qualitative military edge for the sake of achieving a nuclear deal with Iran? According to the Wall St. Journal (via Google News), the White House may offer “loose” defense pacts and increased arms sales to the Gulf states for their support of a nuclear deal.

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Al-Jazeera America Executives Resign Amid Anti-Semitism Lawsuit

Today’s Top Stories 1. The White House is nudging France to hold off on measures in the UN to restart Mideast peace talks. According to Foreign Policy, this “reflects concern over the potential political perils of pursuing dual initiatives that are deeply unpopular with Israel and its supporters in the U.S. Congress.” The American pitch

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Palestinian Activists Hijacking Baltimore Riots?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A UN inquiry into attacks on its Gaza facilities during Operation Protective Edge released a summary of its findings. As you’d expect, the summary blames Israel for attacking schools where refugees were sheltered and faults the Palestinians for stashing arms in the schools. The story’s splash will be limited for two

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Hamas Confirms Dialogue With Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Today’s big story is that Israel has been in secret dialogue with Hamas for several weeks. Both sides have an interest in keeping Gaza calm. The cooperation is “partly direct” and partly through Qatari and European mediators, according YNet. (Hamas official Ahmed Yousef confirmed to Maan News that Hamas is having

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Nepal Quake: 250 Israelis Unaccounted For

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nepal hit by massive earthquake and aftershocks; as this roundup went to press, the death toll passed 2,200. Israel dispatched a team of experts to assess the situation and is preparing to deploy a field hospital, search and rescue personnel, and a Magen David Adom team. According to Israeli press reports, 170

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US Confirms Israeli Assessments of Iranian Breakout Time

Today’s Top Stories 1. Eli Lake got the scoop: De-classified US documents confirm what Israel has said time and again: Iran is just two or three months away from enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Moreover, the Obama administration has held this assessment for several years. What changed? Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama

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