Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Jordanian Christian Gunned Down Over Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prominent Jordanian Christian writer Nahed Hattar was gunned down outside an Amman courthouse on his way to face charges for sharing on Facebook a cartoon portraying Allah and viewed as offensive to Islam. The illustration was titled “God of Daesh”, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.   The


Assailant Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Ankara

Today’s Top Stories 1. A man with a knife was shot apparently trying to enter the Israeli embassy in Ankara. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no embassy staff were hurt during the incident. Turkish bomb squad personnel were also investigating a suspicious package found near the embassy. CNN Turk named the attacker as Osman Nuri


Israel Shoots Down Hamas Drone

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli fighter jet shot down a Hamas drone over Gaza as it headed in the direction of Israeli air space. 2. The University of California-Berkeley reinstated controversial course on history of Palestine. The Los Angeles Times explains: Then campus officials reversed gears Monday, reinstating the course after students, faculty, free-speech advocates


Jeremy Corbyn: Israel Has Right to Exist, But . . .

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a first, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Israel “has a right to exist.” (Caveat: He said Israel has a right to exist under the “1948 agreement.”) It is not entirely clear which “agreement of the original borders of 1948” Corbyn was referring to. The UN partition plan of 1947


Terror Surge Shatters Weekend

Today’s Top Stories 1. The weekend saw a spike in Palestinian terror attacks. See below for a roundup of what happened and what the commentaries are saying. 2. Israel recently confirmed it will allow a delegation from the International Criminal Court to visit to assess whether the country could be put on trial for alleged war


French MP Visits West Bank Jail to Learn About Fight Against Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. A visiting French MP raised eyebrows telling Israeli students that France needs administrative detention to help combat Islamic terror. The Jerusalem Post reports that George Fenech then went on to visit the Ofer Prison, located in the West Bank, to learn more about the controversial counter-terror measure that allows the state


Shimon Peres Fighting For His Life After Stroke

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke last night. Doctors at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital placed the 93-year-old Peres in a medical-induced coma. The last of Israel’s founding fathers, Peres has served in nearly every significant position of Israeli politics, including including president, multiple


Israel, US Agree on $38B Military Aid Package

Today’s Top Stories 1. After months of negotiations, Israel and the US agreed on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) governing the next decade of US military aid to Israel. Reuters reports the 10-year package is worth $38 billion, “representing the biggest pledge of US military assistance ever made to any country.” Haaretz adds that Israel’s


Hezbollah Takes Up Positions in Syrian Golan Across From Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s taking up positions across from Israel, and according to Arab reports, they’re doing so in the guise local militiamen. Might this explain why Hezbollah supports the US-Russian ceasefire. There goes the neighborhood . . . 2. More than 60 members of the European Parliament are pushing soccer’s world governing body, FIFA (Federation Internationale