Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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


Media Cheat Sheet 12/15/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Mahmoud Abbas comes to bury Fayyad, not to praise him. And what does the US withdrawal from Iraq mean for Israeli and Iranian war strategies? Visit Backspin every day and never miss a Media Cheat Sheet. Iranian Atomic Urgency • A US


Media Cheat Sheet 12/14/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Ayatollah Khameini’s son is reportedly arrested in a plot to assassinate the Iranian supreme leader. And why is Tom Friedman’s comments about “the Israel lobby” sparking a fierce demand for an apology? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Despite Tehran’s bombastic threats, the Washington

“Even Egypt’s Salafist Extremists are Fielding Women Candidates”

Although images of women on signs around Jerusalem are being defaced by an extremist minority of haredim, but that doesn’t stop the Globe & Mail from comparing Israel’s Orthodox community to Salafists and using words like “dominate.” Patrick Martin could theoretically write a similar piece about the Amish community’s standards  of dress, the absence of women


More Honors For Silwan Fauxtography

AFP photographer Ilia Yefimovich sounds pretty defensive about his 2010 photo of a Palestinian kid getting hit by a car in Silwan.   Yesterday, his image was chosen Best Photograph in a Tel Aviv exhibition. Yefimovich talked about it with Haaretz: Yefimovich vehemently denies these claims. “Who staged the photo? It can also be interpreted