Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Sinai, The Next Somalia: By the Numbers

The Washington Post says Israel is giving more weight to Egyptian public opinion. Here’s one indication of where Egyptians are on Israel: Ahmad al-Shahat — who climbed 22 stories up the side of a building to pull down an Israeli flag from the roof of Israel’s embassy — was honored by a provincial governor with

Pro-Israel Blogoff Winner Receives iPad

HonestReporting’s proud to present Uri Gobey with an iPad for winning the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. Uri, who blogs as Israel Muse, beat out a pack of bloggers who all posted excellent commentaries, podcasts and videos. HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams, who was one of the competition’s judges, said: HonestReporting is all about getting supporters of Israel engaged

Vogue, The Arab Lobby and Media Influence

Vogue’s fawning whitewash of Bashar Assad last March proved so embarrassing to the fashion mag, Vogue removed the article. But it gets worse. It turns out the profile was brought about by Brown Lloyd James, a PR firm on the Syrian payroll. The Hill (via Elder of Ziyon) writes: Brown Lloyd James agreed to a $5,000-per-month

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You to Know About Writing Letters to the Editor (Part 3)

Keep your letter exclusive to one newspaper. Exclusive content is what gives each newspaper its unique character. So editors publish content that hasn’t been published anywhere else. The letters to the editor page is no different. Sending one letter to several newspapers is like dating two girls simultaneously. It betrays the the expectation of an

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Danny Ayalon’s Video: Comments and the Roar of the Crowd

For a long time, I’ve wondered if the Israeli government could get its act together for some sensible PR. Judging from the statistics and reader comments I’ve seen, credit where credit is due to Danny Ayalon for a viral video that didn’t feature grainy footage of Israeli naval commandos rappelling into a Turkish boat brawl.

Why Israeli Housing Protests Don’t Parallel the Arab Spring

Question from a  reader in White Plains, NY: The housing protests show that the Arab Spring has reached Israel. It’s a big story. Where’s HonestReporting on this? At face value, certain populist and social media aspects of the protests are parallel to the Arab Spring developments. Organizers are openly saying as much. But that’s where the parallels

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