Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Another AFP Headline Flub

Another AFP Headline Flub

This weekend, a Palestinian armed with a machine gun opened fire at soldiers on a Jordan Valley checkpoint. The soldiers returned fire, and the Palestinian died. An unfortunately all-too familiar story. Most people will only know the basic info of what happened by skimming the headlines in their local paper or social media feed. That’s why

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Aerial Drone From Gaza Crashes in Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Could Israel hack Hezbollah’s rockets? 2. The US Senate passed legislation against efforts to boycott Israel. The language was piggybacked onto the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which the White House is expected to sign into law. See Times of Israel coverage, plus the Jerusalem Post‘s background. 3. Just before this roundup

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Will “Moral Minority” Reject UN’s Gaza Report?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli officials concede they can’t stop the UN Human Rights Council from adopting the Schabas report, so they’re focusing on getting a “moral minority” of democracies to vote against it and blunt its legitimacy. More at Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. The latter adds: In general, the sense in Jerusalem is

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The UN’s Gaza Report: Aftermath and Analysis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the mainstream media react to the UN report on the Gaza war. For more on the  fallout and commentary see below. 2. Haaretz: In a secret meeting in Rome, Israeli and Turkish officials renewed reconciliation talks. Ties between Jerusalem and Ankara broke down in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara

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One Israeli Killed, Another on Life Support After Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police are still searching for the Palestinian who shot and killed an Israeli man in a Friday terror attack. Danny Gonen, of Lod was killed while hiking to a spring in the West Bank, near the community of Dolev. His friend, Netanel Hadad, who was wounded in the attack, recounted

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Rebels Surround Druze Village Near Israeli Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Khader, a Syrian Druze village near the Israeli border was surrounded by rebel forces.  (Spellings vary if you Google the name.) A smaller scale drama is taking place at a Druze enclave in the village of Khader, adjacent to the border with Israel. Opposition forces have now taken over two Syria

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Abbas Dissolves Unity Government With Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA government resigned and Mahmoud Abbas tasked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new cabinet. Abbas objects to the Hamas-Israel rapprochement, which the Times of Israel elaborates on. Others, like Reuters bureau chief, Luke Baker, note they’ve seen this dance before. 2. Israel’s Justice Ministry is reportedly getting ready to take legal action against BDS

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Israel to Nusra Front: Don’t Mess With Druze

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas reportedly discussing a 5-year truce. YNet writes: The truce proposal is said to stipulate that Israel allow the construction of a floating sea port off the Gaza coast, to be subject to Israeli or international supervision.   In return, Hamas would agree to cease fire for five years,

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