Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Palestinians Gauging UN Support for Statehood

Palestinians Gauging UN Support for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Haaretz, Palestinian diplomats gauging support for statehood know it won’t get past the UN Security Council. Despite US and British opposition, the Palestinians seek a symbolic majority of council members. 2. An Egyptian activist who has advocated for the assassination of Israeli leaders was nominated for the EU’s prestigious

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British Intelligence in Secret Contact With Assad?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas kicked off for a few hours in Cairo, then adjourned until “late October” for a crowded month of Jewish and Muslim holidays. The Jewish New Year, followed by the Day Atonement and the week-long festival of Sukkot, coincides with the Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca culminating

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Iran Seeks Nuclear Flexibility For Help Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Mudar Zahran discussed the Gaza war with regular Palestinians. Everyone was fearful of Hamas and spoke anonymously about the extent the general population was used as a human shield. The whole story’s worth reading; this snippet in particular caught my eye: One, a renowned Gazan academic, who spoke on

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Jihadis Divided Over Alan Henning Abduction?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN says it brokered a deal between Israel and the PA to rebuild Gaza. The New York Times was the only paper I saw stressing the agreement is temporary. If the agreement unravels down the road, what would you think if all you knew was what you saw in today’s BBC

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UN Peacekeepers Evacuate Syria

Today’s Top Stories 1. UN peacekeepers monitoring the Israeli-Syrian border withdrew from their positions on the Syrian side, evacuating to Israel. Does the inability of the blue-helmet forces to work both sides of the border essentially spell the end of their mission? CNN coverage. 2. UN envoy Robert Serry threw a lifeline to Hamas: UN: Palestinian

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Islamic State Sleeper Cells Along Israeli Border?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ahead of the opening session of the UN, the PA began a diplomatic offensive, aimed at getting key members of the UN Security Council to support a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders and set a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. See Haaretz coverage. The Jerusalem

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Hamas Threatened UNRWA Staff at Gunpoint

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas finally admitted that rockets were fired from residential areas. Spokesman Ghazi Hamad told AP: Increasingly, the discussion is not about whether the Hamas rockets were fired from civilian areas, but exactly how close they were to the actual buildings.   “The Israelis kept saying rockets were fired from schools or

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Hamas to Directly Negotiate With Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas may be forced to negotiate directly with Israel. The terror group’s number two man, Moussa Abu Marzook, told a Hamas-affiliated paper that Hamas may not be able to ignore the demands of the Gaza street. The Times of Israel writes: “From the point of view of Sharia (Islamic law), nothing

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News Executives Debate Controversial Gaza Video

High-level British news executives weighed in on a controversial video that UK Channel 4′s Jon Snow made in July after visiting Gaza. The Huffington Post UK was on hand as Fran Unsworth (BBC’s deputy news chief), John Hardie (chief executive of ITN News), and John Ryley (head of Sky News) weighed in during a panel discussion at a

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IDF Investigating Gaza War Incidents

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced that it opened criminal investigations into five Operation Protective Edge incidents, including  the Gaza beach shelling that killed four children, and a July attack on a UN school that killed 14 Palestinians. A total of 99 incidents are being probed, or will be in the coming weeks. YNet has best

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