Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Rafah and the Law of Unintended Consequences Bites Egypt

After re-opening Rafah, the law of unintended consequences bites Egypt. The Wall St. Journal (click via Google News) writes: A full opening at Egypt’s Rafah border, analysts say, could allow Israel to separate itself more definitively from Gaza, foisting humanitarian and security responsibilities for the enclave onto Egypt . . . Keeping the border closed

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Study Finds Overwhelming Facebook, Twitter Support for Israel: What It Means

 A new study by the Pew Research Center found Facebookers, the Twitterverse and bloggers expressing support for Israel over the Palestinians by a whopping 3-1 margin. The study looked at a week’s worth of online activity the week following President Obama’s May 19 policy speech. We’re talking about 48,000 blog posts and 430,000 tweets/status updates that coincided with Benjamin

Pro-Israel Blogoff: On to the Finals!

Congrats to Israel Muse for winning the second semi-final of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blogoff. It’s been a great blogoff with great posts by all the competitors. Now we move on to the finals, which Aussie Dave says will take place in a few weeks. Best of luck to the two finalists, Israel Muse and Elder of Ziyon. May

Where Does Nasrallah Get His News From?

Last week, Sheikh Nasrallah came out with his first public statement supporting Bashar Assad. Now Syrian protesters are burning pictures of Hezbollah’s head honcho. What the heck was Nasrallah thinking with a thumbs up to a regime whose latest outrage was the alleged torture and killing of Hamza Al-Khatib — a 13-year-old boy whose body was

“Why The Stink Over the ’67 Borders Now?”

A borderline-confused Greg in Australia wants to know: Why the stink over the ’67 borders now? Charles Krauthammer articulates the clearest explanation I’ve seen on why the 1967 borders are such an issue. It begins with American assurances to Israel before the Gaza disengagement: It’s on the basis of such solemn assurances that Israel undertook,

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Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Doug Saunders, the Globe & Mail’s European bureau chief, thinks there’s no difference between Hamas and the Israeli parties that make up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. He’d be correct if Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Haatzmaut maintained their own armed groups, fired rockets at neighbors, restricted media freedom, brainwashed children, and tossed

Top 5 Reasons The Gaza Flotilla Will Go On Even Though Egypt’s Opening Rafah Crossing This Weekend

Egypt announced it will permanently open the Rafah border crossing this weekend. With Palestinians able to travel back and forth, and consumer goods already plentiful, you’d think the Free Gaza flotilla being organized in Turkey should be superfluous. Think again. Here are the top five reasons the flotilla will go on. 5. Too many misogynistic Arab

Announcing Our Lucky iPad 2 Winner

Congrats to the winner of iPad 2 give-away, Ami Maishlish. The Markham, Ontario resident’s thrilled. In his correspondence with us, Maishlish wrote: HonestReporting’s a valuable watchdog protecting public rights to honesty and fair factual representation of news and events in the media. HR deserves to be congratulated for a job well done! We’re flattered by

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