Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma

Hunger-Striking Prisoner in Coma

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mohammed Allaan was in a coma after losing consciousness on Friday. Allaan, accused of membership in Islamic Jihad, has been protesting his incarceration without trial, a controversial legal status Israel calls “administrative detention.” Islamic Jihad threatened if Allaan dies, the cease-fire is over. Meanwhile, the former US commander of the Guantanamo Bay

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Sanctions on Iran Already Cracking

Today’s Top Stories 1. Switzerland became the first country to lift sanctions on Iran. In India, “refiners have got the green light to prepare to pay Iran $1.4 billion in oil dues.” And the US is protesting Russia for hosting Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in late July in violation of a UN travel ban, the

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Islamic State in Sinai Reportedly Beheads Hostage

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nice to see the wire services pick up on PA corruption. AP reports Palestinians are furious over the latest revelations of graft and misuse of public money: Outrage over the documents quickly spread on social media, where Palestinians challenged everything from their leadership’s finances to its political legitimacy in the face

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Stories I’d Like To See: Where Do US Jews Stand on the Iran Deal?

I’m used to Israeli society being in the media spotlight. Lately, it’s reflected in the issue of what lessons we’re drawing from the deadly firebombing in the village of Duma, and the fatal stabbing at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade. How does a democratic, Jewish society relate to extremists? It’s a fair question for journalists to

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Abbas, Iran to Campaign Against Israel’s Nuclear Program

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Iran sometime in the next two months. Although the visit needs to be seen in the context of frosty Hamas-Tehran ties, the Jerusalem Post reports that one item on the PA-Iran agenda is a campaign against Israel’s nuclear program. Majdalani said on Monday his visit to Iran

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Polls Skew Jews’ Views on Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Turkey expelled senior Hamas official Salah Arouri. He masterminded the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last year. 2. Where do American Jews really stand on Iran deal? If you’re looking at recent polls by J Street, AIPAC, or The Israel Project, skepticism is in order. And

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CNN Smearing Iran Deal Critics With Dual Loyalty Charge?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The father of the Palestinian baby killed in the Duma arson attack died of his injuries. Saad Dawabsha was buried in Nablus. Afterwards, the PA announced it would pursue Israel diplomatically, while Hamas called on Palestinians to take revenge. Israel is bracing for escalation in the West Bank. Israel arrested nine

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Iran Already Sanitizing Parchin Facility

Today’s Top Stories 1. Breaking News: Shortly before this roundup was published, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a group of Israelis near the West Bank community of Shiloh, injuring three. The Palestinian was shot and is in critical condition. Jerusalem Post coverage. 2. The US already has intelligence that the Iranians are already

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Israeli, US Leaders Wage Media Offensive Over Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and the Obama administration upped their media offensives for and against the Iran deal. Bibi made his case in a webcast to American and Canadian Jews yesterday and answered some pre-submitted questions. See Times of Israel coverage or watch the video. President Obama hosted a delegation of top American

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PLO Still Lying About Arafat’s Legacy

The PLO recently marked what would’ve been Yasser Arafat’s 86th birthday with a tweet that must have left the late Palestinian leader spinning in his grave. It’s not just about framing Arafat’s legacy as a heroic freedom fighter instead of as an murderous terrorist (I’ll come back to that). As the founding father of Palestinian

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