Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Nepal Quake: 250 Israelis Unaccounted For

Nepal Quake: 250 Israelis Unaccounted For

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nepal hit by massive earthquake and aftershocks; as this roundup went to press, the death toll passed 2,200. Israel dispatched a team of experts to assess the situation and is preparing to deploy a field hospital, search and rescue personnel, and a Magen David Adom team. According to Israeli press reports, 170

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US Confirms Israeli Assessments of Iranian Breakout Time

Today’s Top Stories 1. Eli Lake got the scoop: De-classified US documents confirm what Israel has said time and again: Iran is just two or three months away from enriching enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Moreover, the Obama administration has held this assessment for several years. What changed? Here is the puzzling thing: When Obama

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Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail

Today’s Top Stories 1. You’ll be floored to learn that replacing a carpet in the Dome of the Rock is raising an unholy controversy. Israeli antiquities officials say the Islamic Waqf isn’t letting them document previously unseen floor designs; the Waqf called the Israeli charges threadbare. Are archaeologists’s concerns being swept under the rug? AP leaves us

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Saudis Arrest Hamas Treasurer

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to unconfirmed media reports, a high-level Hamas treasurer was arrested in Saudi Arabia. The report stated that Maher Salah had been apprehended in the gulf state several months ago on suspicion that he laundered money and illegally smuggled funds across the Saudi Arabian border, according to Israel Radio. 2. Der

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Hamas to Declare Gaza Sovereignty?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the PA reached an agreement on tax transfers that were frozen when the Palestinians joined the International Criminal Court. The Times of Israel reports that unpaid electricity bills were factored in. 2. The White House suggested that Iran could get significant economic relief immediately after signing a nuclear deal.

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Nusra Front Takes Control of Yarmouk Refugee Camp

Today’s Top Stories 1. The good news from the Yarmouk refugee camp is that ISIS is gone. The bad news? The Al Qaida-affiliated Jahbat al-Nusra (better known as the Nusra Front) controls the camp. Moreover, the Irish Times reports that the Nusra Front colluded with ISIS to weaken a rival Hamas-linked group calling itself Aknaf Beit

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What’s Behind Series of Israeli Gestures to the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Jerusalem Post and i24 News note that Prime Minister Netanyahu has made quite a few goodwill gestures to the Palestinians of late, most notably allowing the deployment of armed and uniformed Palestinian policemen in certain areas near eastern Jerusalem for the first time since the Oslo accords were signed more

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Syrian Army Resumes Chemical Weapon Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian gunmen in the Yarmouk refugee camp told AFP and Channel 4 that ISIS forces have largely withdrawn from the camp. Don’t hold your breath for waiting for any media conversation on matters like disproportionate force, civilian casualties, attacking hospitals, etc. What happens in Yarmouk stays in Yarmouk. “Today there are no more

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Russia to Supply Advanced Air Defense System to Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Russia lifted a ban on selling Iran an advanced S-300 air-defense missile system as part of a larger oil-for-goods deal. Israeli officials told the Times of Israel that if the sale goes ahead, it’ll change the Mideast balance of power. More at Reuters. Israeli officials said supply of the system to

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Palestinians Join Forces With Assad Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a week off from the computer, there’s a lot developments and fallout with the Iranian nuclear understanding to catch up on. The White House is touting an understanding but contradictory accounts of what’s been agreed to and criticisms from heavyweight personalities like Henry Kissinger and nuclear experts are dogging the

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