Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Tom Friedman to Israel: Be More Fayyadistic Than Fayyad

Tom Friedman to Israel: Be More Fayyadistic Than Fayyad

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman frets over Israel and the Arab Spring, and what it all means for the peace process. His solution? Israel’s best defense is to strengthen Fayyadism — including giving Palestinian security services more areas of responsibility to increase their legitimacy and make clear that they are not the permanent custodians of Israel’s

Lynsey Addario and A Strip Search’s Fallout

Try to imagine the scene: An eight-month pregnant woman is made to go through X-ray machine three times, to the amusement of security personnel. Then she’s told she has to undergo a strip-search anyway. New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario was working on assignment and returning to Israel from Gaza. She had her Government Press

Media Cheat Sheet 11/29/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Another mysterious blast in Iran, the PA’s lowers expectations on May 4 elections, and Tunisia’s draft constitution condemns Zionism. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Reports of a big explosion in Isfahan. There’s not much known other than what the Iranian horse’s mouth has


Bungled Headline of the Day

UPDATE Nov. 30: Well isn’t this splendid? More prime examples of Big Media’s penchant for moral equivalence at The Scotsman and Montreal Gazette: * * * Lebanese terrorists fire rockets at Israel. And what’s The Guardian‘s headline? On a purely factual level, the headline’s off because Israel retaliated with some very limited artillery fire —  and certainly


Media Cheat Sheet 11/28/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. A Time magazine journo is confused about what Palestinians mean when they say “popular resistance.” And the number of policy stakeholders in the Mughrabi Gate ramp’s fate is getting out of hand. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Washington Post: Mysterious explosions pose


Time’s “Popular” Disconnect

Popular can mean a lot of things, but one thing it does not mean is “peaceful.” Therein lies the confusion for correspondent Karl Vick. You can imagine him wearing rose colored glasses as he wrote up this assessment of Hamas/Fatah unity talks for Time. Afterwards both met the cameras smiling. “There are no differences between


2 Christmas Season Stories We Can Do Without

Christmas season’s here, and that means it’s time for Big Media to file holiday-related stories. Usually, this means spotlighting the status of Christians and religious freedom in the Holy Land. West Bank holy sites and UNESCO may be this year’s de-rigeuer issue. Those are legitimate and timely angles. But there are two Christmas stories we can do without. 1.

It’s Only an Outrage When Israel Cuts Electricity

Once again, Israel‘s talking about cutting electricity to Gaza. And now, Turkey‘s talking about cutting electricity to Syria too. Last time this was an issue, Hamas blacked out Gaza, but Israel was blamed for collectively punishing the Palestinians. But I expect that everyone who condemned Israel — such as Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj, whose poison pen won a


Media Cheat Sheet 11/27/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. UNESCO casts a political shadow over Church of the Nativity renovations. Women journalists speak out after being assaulted in Cairo. And no glory days for the BDS movement if rumors of a Springsteen concert in Israel are true. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Iran threatens

Media Cheat Sheet 11/24/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal made nice in Cairo, an archeological discovery leads to some sloppy spin denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, and France unilaterally ups the pressure on Iran. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Reuters: France unilaterally banned Iranian oil imports.