Author Archives: Pesach Benson

3 Snippets You Might Have Missed

1. Egypt can undermine its peace agreement with Israel without technically breaching it. Here’s how: In addition to terminating natural gas exports, which accounted for about 40% of Israel’s supply, a future Egyptian government might halt its assistance in stemming the flood of African immigrants through Egypt into Israel or weapons into the Gaza Strip,

How About a Bahraini Apartheid Week?

Just finished reading the latest from Nick Kristof, Is This Apartheid in Bahrain? Can you imagine the outrage if Israel treated Israeli Arabs and Palestinians the same way Kristof describes Bahrain’s Sunni elite treating Shias? There’s a fear of the rabble, a distrust of full democracy, a sense of entitlement. Apartheid isn’t exactly the right metaphor,

Who Is Iran to Lecture Israel on Tear Gas?

A Facebook group called IRAN: “URGENT WE NEED YOUR HELP” is asking netizens for advice on how to counter what it describes as a strange new tear gas Iranian security forces are using against anti-government protesters. It’s brings to mind Jawaher Abu Rahma, the Palestinian woman whose death was wrongly blamed on Israel. In the end, Palestinians

Which Headline is Out of Place?

As the Arab world burns, which of these six headlines is out of place? Libya defiant as hundreds of protesters feared dead Iran protests: capital under lockdown Region’s Protests Spread to Morocco Yemeni Police Fire on Marchers Opposition Demands Dissolution of Bahraini Government Palestinians want ‘day of rage’ against US If the PA’s looking for

February 20 Links

• Just read that executive editor Amir Mizroch resigned from the JPost for health reasons. For some reason, the simple Hebrew expression, refuah shlaymah, (you should have a complete recovery) sounds more appropo than anything else I can think of in English. • I’m glad to see this Washington Post telling off Abbas for choosing

Ask A Soldier Anything

I like the concept of Friend-a-Soldier: choose an Israeli soldier from a list and ask him or her your questions. These soldiers aren’t shying away from the tough questions. Ask ‘em about terrorism, the Gaza blockade, checkpoints, the flotilla, the “occupation,” what it’s like to serve, or anything else on your mind. They’ve all finished

Myths & Facts of the UN Security Council Settlements Vote

The UN Security Council’s meeting tomorrow to vote on a resolution against Israeli settlement activity. It’s time to clear up a few myths out there. Myth: A US veto will spark Arab rage. Fact: Arab Days of Rage are trendy, but none are directed at Israel. Myth: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the biggest source of regional

Time is Ripe for Israel to Export Democracy

The idea of Israel exporting democracy to its Arab neighbors always seemed like a far-fetched idea for this jaded blogger. But the time is ripe for David Suissa’s hopeful 22-State Solution: Israel can surely keep chasing the dream of peace with Hamas and the Palestinians, which would be wonderful if it ever happened. But if

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