Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges

Implementing Nuclear Deal, Iran Begins Decommissioning Centrifuges

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran says it began implementing the nuclear accord: According to Reuters, the mullahs began decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges. 2. Jordanian sheikh stirs controversy with fatwa against killing Jews. Sheikh Ali Halabi said in a video distributed via social media that Jews can be killed during war only, and that killing them


IDF to Separate Jews and Arabs in Gush Etzion After More Stabbings

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF announced it will impose a physical separation of Jews and Palestinians in Gush Etzion after assessing that there will not be a let up in stabbing attacks. This morning in Hebron, a Palestinian stabbed a soldier, cutting him in the face during a violent demonstration. Later in the morning


Jordan-PA Friction Over Temple Mount Surveillance

Today’s Top Stories 1. There’s Jordanian-Palestinian friction over the plan to install 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount and live stream the footage on the Internet. After PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki called the proposal, “a new trap by the Israelis,” Jordanian politicians and pundits slammed the PA. Meanwhile, NPR‘s Emily Harris sheds more


20,000 Israelis File Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Palestinian Incitement

Today’s Top Stories 1. A victim of a Palestinian terror attack aboard a Jerusalem bus two weeks ago succumbed to his injuries after being shot in the head and stabbed. Richard Lakin, a 76-year-old American-Israeli will be laid to rest tomorrow in Beit Shemesh. The former school principal from Connecticut is survived by his wife


Israel to Revoke Eastern Jerusalem Residency Permits?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is mulling to revoke the permanent residency status of some Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem. According to Haaretz, the idea under consideration would drop that status for Palestinians living inside Jerusalem’s municipal boundary but outside the security barrier. It’s Jerusalem’s politically gray


Congress Cuts $80 Million in PA Aid

Today’s Top Stories 1. US sends ‘message’ to Abbas with $80 million aid cut. 2. Israel and Jordan “agreed” to 24/7 surveillance cameras on the Temple Mount. I qualified that word because, according to the Washington Post, the holy site’s already monitored that way: However, it is unclear exactly how the proposed addition of more cameras


PA Demands Muslim Oversight Over Jewish Visitors to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA demands full Muslim oversight over Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount. If not, the PA will (yawn) end security cooperation with Israel. 2. Adnan Gaith, who heads the Tanzim militia’s “organizational branch” in eastern Jerusalem told YNet that Mahmoud Abbas can’t control escalating Palestinian violence. The Tanzim militia is Fatah’s


UNESCO Declares Tomb of Patriarchs and Rachel’s Tomb Muslim Sites

Today’s Top Stories 1. UNESCO passed a resolution condemning Israeli aggression on the Temple Mount and recognizing the Tomb of the Patriarchs (in Hebron) and Rachel’s Tomb (between Bethlehem and Jerusalem) as Muslim sites. The Palestinians were forced to back off efforts to declare the Western Wall a Muslim site when UNESCO chief, Irina Bokova,


Israeli Run Over and Killed After Stoning Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli driver was killed near Hebron after Palestinians pelted his car with a barrage of stones. The driver, identified as 50-year-old Avraham Hasano, was run and over killed by an oncoming truck when he exited his car. Depending on whose Kool-Aid you like to drink, throwing stones is either a Palestinian”rite of


International Observers To the Temple Mount?

Today’s Top Stories 1. In Nablus, Palestinian rioters torched Joseph’s Tomb Thursday night, severely damaging the compound. Nobody was injured. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet, and Times of Israel coverage. On Saturday night, the IDF was forced to extract a group of Jews from the compound. Some 30 Jews from the Breslov