Author Archives: Pesach Benson


EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

EU Formally Adopts Labeling Settlement Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The European Commission formally approved labeling “settlement products” from the West Bank. I was impressed with this Reuters snippet: Two elements of the EU decision have particularly enraged Israeli officials. They see the measures as an effective boycott of Israel and say other cases of long-standing occupation, such as Morocco’s seizure


A Loop de Loop of Violence

I used to think a violent loop was something associated with dangerous roller coasters. But the New York Times looped me into a different understanding. In recent weeks, I’ve read in the pages of the Times how “Leaderless Palestinian Youth, Inspired by Social Media, Drive Rise in Violence in Israel” and how violent Palestinian music


IDF Busts Major Hamas Terror Network

Today’s Top Stories 1. At a White House summit, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama agreed to increase military aid and create a joint task force on Iran’s military program. According to reports, Netanyahu told the President he set a red line with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Iranian activities in Syria, insisted that any international agreements


What’s On Netanyahu-Obama Agenda Today?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama were due to meet in the White House today. Haaretz discussed the summit with Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who says the White House will press the PM on settlements. NPR and the Washington Post also preview what’s on the agenda (military aid, countering Iranian support for


White House Gives Up on Mideast Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. With Prime Minister Netanyahu having left for the US today, one of the items on the agenda is renewing a 10-year defense agreement (referred to as a memorandum of understanding). According to Reuters, Israel is asking the US for $5 billion in military aid to offset threats from Iran. YNet asks,


Iranian Commanders in Syria Reportedly Mutiny As Casualties Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian Revolutionary Guards forces in Syria are increasingly refusing to obey orders as casualties mount. Notably, according to Asharq al-Awsat, many of the “traitors” are commanding officers. 2. Seeking to allay Palestinian concerns, Jordan’s King Abdullah says there are no plans to put surveillance cameras inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque or Dome of the


Russia Breaking With Iran and Hezbollah?

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly after this roundup was published, reports of a car-ramming attack near Hebron. A Border Police officer was injured. The driver was shot and killed at the scene. 1. Russia seems to be changing its stance on Bashar Assad. Syrian opposition figures have been invited to Moscow for


EU to Release Settlement Labeling Guidelines

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU plans to release next week its guidelines on labeling settlement products next week. Haaretz explains the curious timing: The labeling guidelines had been due to be released a month ago, but the wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel caused their publication to be delayed. EU


Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran says it began implementing the nuclear accord: According to Reuters, the mullahs began decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges. 2. Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews. Sheikh Ali Halabi said in a video distributed via social media that Jews can be killed during war only, and that killing them


IDF to Separate Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion After More Stabbings

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced it will impose a physical separation of Jews and Palestinians in Gush Etzion after assessing that there will not be a let up in stabbing attacks. This morning in Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, cutting him in the face during a violent demonstration. Later in the morning