Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Naksa Day: Plotted Paydirt, Not Popular Palestinian Protest

If you think today’s protests along the Israeli-Syrian border represent a “Palestinian Spring,” think again. The Reform Party of Syria says says it has information that Assad regime paid off today’s Naksa protesters who tried breaching the Golan border: The Reform Party of Syria has learned today, from intelligence sources close to the Assad regime

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A Digest of Weekend Articles

• Columnist Faisal Al Qasim says the Arab regimes are are more brutal than the Zionists: But is the Arab media still able to satirise Israeli barbarism with the same vigour after it has witnessed what Arab dictators have done to their own people? Isn’t it a bit silly to bombard the Israelis with criticism

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NY Times Fails to Scrub New Editor’s “Absolute Truth”

What a sloppy way to handle an otherwise routine announcement. Jill Abramson is  replacing Bill Keller as the NY Times’ top editor. Unfortunately, someone at the paper thought Abramson’s excitement was too overboard. As Jay Nordlinger points out, the following quote was removed from the Gray Lady’s announcement: “In my house growing up, The Times substituted for

A Flickr View of Jerusalem

I’ve gotten used to living in Jerusalem, so I’m used to passing by the city’s sites without giving much thought to the significance of this landmark or that site. So it’s good that once a year, I get to remind myself of the excitement and awe I felt the first time I experienced Jerusalem so many

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

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