Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Abbas Applies for International Criminal Court Membership

Abbas Applies for International Criminal Court Membership

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute, requesting membership in the International Criminal Court. It paves the way for a possible war crimes probe of Israel by the International Criminal Court. The Israeli cabinet is meeting today to consider responses — presumably withholding tax transfers to the PA, rescinding Palestinian officials’ VIP

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UN Votes Down Statehood Resolution

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian statehood bid fell short in the UN Security Council, with a draft resolution failing to get the nine votes necessary to pass. The money quote from US Ambassador Samantha Power: “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive

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Palestinians Submit Statehood Bid to UN Security Council

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians submitted their draft statehood resolution to the UN Security Council late Monday night. According to the latest reports, the draft calls for a Palestinian state along the 1967 with eastern Jerusalem as the capital, and an Israeli withdrawal within three years. So what’s left to negotiate? The US State

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First Cracks in ISIS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli delegation is reportedly in Egypt searching for the remains of IDF soldiers. i24 News picked up on Arab reports. According to sources there are 22 Israeli soldiers missing in action in Egypt, among them 16 soldiers who have disappeared during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, on top of the

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PA to Sever Ties With Israel If Statehood Bid Fails?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A team of Israelis doing maintenance work on the border fence with Gaza came under fire this morning. The IDF returned fire, killing a Hamas commander, according to Israeli media reports. One soldier was seriously injured. 2. Do you get the feeling Mahmoud Abbas is painting himself into a corner with rhetoric

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Ruling Delays Israeli Offshore Gas Moves For Years

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli anti-trust regulators ruled that the consortium of companies overseeing the Leviathan offshore gas field was a monopoly and ordered it be broken up. You can read the details at the Jerusalem Post, Globes, Haaretz, YNet, and Times of Israel. The latter best summed up the bottom line: Leviathan — which

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The 2014 Dishonest Reporting Awards

Scarlett Johansson’s brave stand against Israel-bashers seems so long ago. With three teenagers kidnapped and murdered, a Gaza war, violence in Jerusalem, an escalating tug of war over the Temple Mount, and unilateral PA efforts in the UN, Israelis will be glad 2014 is over. Don’t forget the rise of ISIS, Iranian tensions, and frayed

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The 2014 Dishonest Reporting Awards: Why the Gaza War Correspondents Won

2014 Dishonest Reporter Award: Gaza War Correspondents We asked HonestReporting readers to choose this year’s Dishonest Reporter award, and the consensus “winner” was the New York Times. There were many valid reasons to go with the popular choice (more on that here). But the more we considered the saturation coverage of the 50-day conflict, the

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Hamas Removed From EU Terror Blacklist

Today’s Top Stories 1. After days of wrangling, AFP/Times of Israel reports that Palestinian and European diplomats agreed to merge the texts of their draft resolutions on statehood, which will be presented to the UN Security Council today. The US had earlier signaled that would veto a PA crafted resolution sponsored by Jordan, but played coy

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Terror Strikes Sydney

Today’s Top Stories 1. Downtown Sydney was shut down as police and a radical Islamic gunman spent the day in a tense standoff. An estimated 15-30 hostages were held in cafe at the Martin Place pedestrian mall. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Daily Telegraph, The Australian and ABC News live-blogged the drama. So did Channel 7, whose news studio

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