Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hamas to Directly Negotiate With Israel?

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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Abbas Cracks Down on Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is cracking down on Hamas and threatening to break up the national unity government. Avi Issacharoff argues that it’s time to take Abbas very seriously: [Abbas] and his people are determined to make dramatic moves in relation to both Hamas and Israel. For Hamas, an ultimatum: there will be partnership in

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How Plausible Hamas’s Deniability?

During the second intifada, Yasser Arafat was a master of denying any links to terror attacks thanks to the layers of “bureaucracy” between him, Fatah, and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. But in the end, a cache of seized documents confirmed that he authorized and funded a lot of murderous mayhem without being involved in the specifics of

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Massive Eastern Jerusalem Development Approved

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jerusalem’s City Hall approved a massive development plan for Palestinians in the eastern part of the city. Mayor Nir Barkat told the Jerusalem Post the plan will hopefully rein in illegal construction and boost the standard of living. The plan will feature 2,200 housing units and 130 hectares for the development of

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5 Reasons For and Against the Sotloff Media Blackout

The grim appearance of Steven Sotloff’s last moments is emerging as one of the iconic images of 2014. How could it not? There’s the impassive Western man, head shaven, wearing an orange jump suit. There’s the menacing looking man in black — one hand holds the captive by the scruff of the neck, the other hand holds

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Abbas Unveils Strategy for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. If peace talks fail, Mahmoud Abbas will dump on Israel responsibility for administering the West Bank (Gaza too?). He’s eyeing an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years. More on the story at Haaretz and the Times of Israel. 2. Jerusalem Post: The European Union is threatening to ban all

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