Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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UN to Replace US as Mideast Peace Broker?

UN to Replace US as Mideast Peace Broker?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nabil Shaath to Bloomberg News: The PLO wants the UN to replace the US as the main mediator of the Mideast peace talks. But Haaretz predicts the Palestinian statehood push will go nowhere because the Arabs are more concerned with beating back Islamic extremism. Both Hamas and Fatah understand that at

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Abbas Cracks Down on Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is cracking down on Hamas and threatening to break up the national unity government. Avi Issacharoff argues that it’s time to take Abbas very seriously: [Abbas] and his people are determined to make dramatic moves in relation to both Hamas and Israel. For Hamas, an ultimatum: there will be partnership in

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How Plausible Hamas’s Deniability?

During the second intifada, Yasser Arafat was a master of denying any links to terror attacks thanks to the layers of “bureaucracy” between him, Fatah, and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. But in the end, a cache of seized documents confirmed that he authorized and funded a lot of murderous mayhem without being involved in the specifics of

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Massive Eastern Jerusalem Development Approved

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jerusalem’s City Hall approved a massive development plan for Palestinians in the eastern part of the city. Mayor Nir Barkat told the Jerusalem Post the plan will hopefully rein in illegal construction and boost the standard of living. The plan will feature 2,200 housing units and 130 hectares for the development of

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5 Reasons For and Against the Sotloff Media Blackout

The grim appearance of Steven Sotloff’s last moments is emerging as one of the iconic images of 2014. How could it not? There’s the impassive Western man, head shaven, wearing an orange jump suit. There’s the menacing looking man in black — one hand holds the captive by the scruff of the neck, the other hand holds

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Abbas Unveils Strategy for Statehood

Today’s Top Stories 1. If peace talks fail, Mahmoud Abbas will dump on Israel responsibility for administering the West Bank (Gaza too?). He’s eyeing an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years. More on the story at Haaretz and the Times of Israel. 2. Jerusalem Post: The European Union is threatening to ban all

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Islamic State Infiltrates Jordan

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is John Kerry trying to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks? 2. Jordan to NATO: ISIS terrorists have infiltrated our borders. At what point might Israel be compelled to intervene?     3. Did Iran actually stage the downing of an Israeli drone? Experts explained to the Jerusalem Post four reasons why they’re skeptical

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UN Negotiating With Al Nusra Front

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN’s negotiating with the Nusra Front for the release of 44 Fijian peace monitors captured along the Israeli-Syrian border. But due credit to Irish forces for rescuing 75 Filipino soldiers who made reached safety in Israel. 2. The IDF shot down a drone that strayed into Israeli air space from

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Jihadi Rebels Abduct UN Observers Along Israeli Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Nabil Shaath described to Maan News the PLO’s diplomatic offensive against Israel: On Sept. 15, the Palestinians will ask the UN Security Council to set a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. If that request is denied, the PLO will take their case to the International Criminal Court

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