Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Media Cheat Sheet 12/25/2011

Media Cheat Sheet 12/25/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Two papers use Christmas to take gratuitous swipes at Israel. Two former White House advisors urge more pressure on Iran. And Hamas wants to join the PLO. ‘Tis the Season to Bash Israel • This is one disingenuous Times of London dispatch.


Jesus Would’ve Been Shot By Palestinians

Here’s some really ugly spin from The Guardian: The security barrier so heavily criticized in Phoebe Greenwood’s dispatch was built to prevent suicide bombers, drive by shootings etc. — the kind of activities that get people added to Santa’s naughty list. If he were to come this year, it’s more likely Jesus would’ve been shot by Palestinians


Media Cheat Sheet 12/22/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Outrage as Abbas meets and greets accomplices to the murder. A Salafi spokesman appears on Israeli Army Radio to say his party will honor the ’79 peace treaty — you can imagine what happened next. And why did The Guardian correct 37 phone


Media Cheat Sheet 12/21/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The Syrian army’s falling apart, the Saudis arrest dozens of Christian foreign workers at a prayer gathering, and what to make of Tom Friedman’s “apology?” Arab Spring • Judging from Haaretz‘s sources, the Syrian army’s crumbling: More than 10,000 soldiers have

A Machinated, Manipulated, Maneuver Masterminded By the Israel Lobby

If this is the extent of Tom Friedman’s regret for last week’s column, I’d respect him more if he’d keep stubbornly quiet or just hop into bed with the Walt and Mearsheimer camp once and for all.  Friedman told the NY Jewish Week: “In retrospect I probably should have used a more precise term like ‘engineered’ by the


Media Cheat Sheet 12/20/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Israel and Egyptian Islamists may be laying the groundwork for dialogue. And the UNRWA has a track record of demolishing Palestinian homes. Is the Mideast turning upside down? Israel and the Palestinians • One Hamas argument for attacks on Israeli women


One Man’s Ultraconservative is Another Man’s Fascist

It ain’t just the word moderate that’s becoming abused by journos trying to make sense of the mushrooming Islamist parties. Reuters says Islamist is another word now “stretched to its limit.” The rainbow of varieties of political Islam has forced world media to start using unfamiliar terms such as Salafi — an ultraconservative champion of


December 19 Media Cheat Sheet

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Turns out Marwan Barghouti and Tim Tebow (!) have parallel narratives. A citizen ambassador’s literally traveling around the world with his family to talk about Israel. And thank Iran for an emerging Israel-India gas deal. A most unusual cheat sheet today.

24 Years of Hamas Ideology Won’t Simply Disappear

Hamas is now talking “non-violent resistance.” According to The Guardian, it’s part of the organization’s rapprochement with the PA, and also a move towards the more progressive Islamism espoused by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. I’ll skeptically wait and see if Hamas is really changing its spots. After all, its founding charter


Media Cheat Sheet 12/18/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Though he’s too diplomatic to say so directly, Dennis Ross indicates that Mahmoud Abbas is the biggest obstacle to resuming peace talks. For the first time, Jerusalem’s mayor endorses dividing the city. And why is the Prime Minister’s Office feeling