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Pro-Israel Blog-Off: First Semi-Final

Pro-Israel Blog-Off: First Semi-Final

Aussie Dave just introduced the first semi-final match of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. This match pits against each other submissions by Elder of Ziyon and CiF Watch. Check out their submissions and vote. And congrats to Challah Hu Akbar for winning the last quarter-final. HonestReporting’s a proud sponsor of the blog-off.

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Naqba Day Violence: What We Know

6:18 pm Here’s the video of the tweet I just posted. Throwing rocks from behind an ambulance is so macho. 6:08 pm: Credit Peter Lerner with the tweet of the day. 6:01 pm: The Druze residents of Majdal Shams have convinced the last Syrians to return home. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Golan village

NY Times Sinks Truth About Gaza Flotilla

One year after the Gaza flotilla, I fear Big Media is discarding the Israeli narrative of events leading up to, during and after the IDF intercepted the Mavi Marmara. An even more provocative Flotilla 2 is in the works, and the NY Times produced some absolutely shoddy journalism (paywall-challenged readers click via Twitter). Reporter Susanne Gusten fails to

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

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Pro-Israel Blog-Off: Fourth Quarter Final

Aussie Dave just introduced the fourth quarter-final match of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. This match pits against each other submissions by Challah Hu Akbar and My Right Word. Check out their submissions and vote. HonestReporting’s a proud sponsor of the blog-off. UPDATE 4:15 pm: Congrats to Israel Muse for advancing to the semis.

Egyptian FM Equates Hamas, George Washington

Talk about bad timing. On the same weekend that the US forgave $1 billion of Egyptian debt, the Washington Post published a Q+A with Cairo’s new Foreign Minister that won’t help Egypt’s relations with the US –  never mind Israel. Here’s Nabil Elaraby’s response to Lally Weymouth’s point about Hamas: Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist

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Financial Times: No Interest in Principle

Israel’s three conditions for engaging Hamas are a matter of principle. You don’t negotiate with people who want to kill you. You don’t negotiate with people who don’t recognize your existence. And you don’t negotiate with people who don’t intend to honor previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. If you do, you reward — and legitimize – a terror

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