Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Absurd Moments In Anonymous Sources

Absurd Moments In Anonymous Sources

What does it say about both Time magazine and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office that a “no-comment” on rumors (rumors!) couldn’t be attributed to anyone by name? Is there any explanation for this absurd moment in anonymous sources? A senior Israeli official reached by TIME says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office is declining to comment on the

Rockets and Retaliation Resume

Today’s Top Stories 1. As this roundup was being published, Israeli media reported that three rockets fired from Gaza landed near Beer Sheva before the end of a 24-hour ceasefire, and that the IDF was given orders to respond. Israeli diplomats recalled from Cairo. Will the situation cool down in time to get diplomacy back

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Hamas Plot to Topple Palestinian Authority Busted

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Shin Bet busted a Hamas plot to topple the Palestinian Authority. Jerusalem Post reports: The plot was orchestrated by the Hamas overseas headquarters located in Turkey, and centered on a string of mass casualty terror attacks on Israeli targets, the Shin Bet added.   The end goal was to destabilize the Palestinian territories

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Newspaper Menacingly Targets Israeli Dual Nationals

Today’s Top Stories 1. Next-generation robots, buried sensors, and an underground barrier make up “Iron Spade,” Israel’s efforts to combat terror tunnels. Take your pick of Times of London or Al-Arabiya coverage. 2. Haaretz says that a too-detailed coverage of a cabinet meeting on the war earlier this month on Channel 2 was an intelligence

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US Limiting Arms Sale to Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a five-day truce. The ceasefire had a bumpy start last night, but it’s been holding up. 2. An Italian journalist working for Associated Press, Simone Camilli, became the foreign press corp’s first fatality in Gaza. He was killed along with a Palestinian translator and three

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Israel-Basher Appointed to Lead UN Inquiry of Gaza War

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Haman Rights Council’s inquiry into Operation Protective Edge got off to a bumpy start with the the announcement that the probe would be conducted by three investigators: Canadian Professor William Schabas (the inquiry leader), Amal Alamuddin (a Lebanese lawyer better known as George Clooney’s fiancee , who declined the

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Hamas Executes Dozens of Tunnel Diggers

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Hamas executed dozens of it own tunnel diggers in recent weeks, “fearing the workers would reveal the site locations to Israel.” Other diggers were executed immediately after the completion of their tunnel. 2. Hamas has body of missing soldier.     3. Money talks. Globes reports

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Ceasefire Expires, Rockets Resume

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas resumed rocket fire on Friday, injuring two Israelis. According to Reuters, the weekend rocket fire “has focused on kibbutzim, or collective farms, just across the border in what appeared to be a strategy of sapping Israel’s morale without triggering another ground invasion of the tiny Gaza Strip.” Or as the

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Journos Tell All as Press Corps Leaves Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. YNet talked to a number of foreign journalists who just left Gaza about their experiences. In YNet’s first report, a correspondent described Hamas’ media manipulation. First, Hamas determined that the organization’s spokesmen could be interviewed only in the the courtyard of Al-Shifa hospital. As a result, long lines of reporters waiting for

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Anonymous Sources Run Amok

In their zeal to squeeze Hamas, did Israel and Egypt irresponsibly ignore US and UN warnings that might have made war in Gaza avoidable? I don’t know. But that’s what the Wall Street Journal (click via Google News) implies in a reconstruction of events leading up to Operation Protective Edge. Unfortunately, this reconstruction is  based entirely on anonymous

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