Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Iran to Ship Uranium to Russia?

Iran to Ship Uranium to Russia?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday at the US Supreme Court, lawyers for the family of Menachem Zivotofsky and the US government made their cases for and against listing the 12-year’s place of birth as “Jerusalem, Israel” in his US passport. The Washington Post, Reuters and other news services all all described justices divided on the

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Flagging Temple Mount Fauxtography

See below for updates on this post, including the paper’s amended caption. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this photo in the Los Angeles Times shows the Israeli flag provocatively flying over the Dome of the Rock. Seen from Mount Scopus, the distinctive golden Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s holiest sites, stands

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Hamas Opposes UN Role in Gaza Rebuilding

Today’s Top Stories 1. Qatar’s trying to have it both ways, supporting Islamic terror groups like Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, maintaining a difficult modicum of friendliness with its Gulf state neighbors, while also being on the politically side of the war on ISIS it doesn’t wholeheartedly support. Reuters looks at Qatar’s ambiguity: First, Qatar’s decision

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Did Egypt Discover Hundreds More Tunnels?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel shut down the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings with Gaza after a Palestinian rocket was fired on Friday. The Rafah border crossing with Egypt was already closed as the Egyptians worked on a buffer zone. Media reports say Egypt discovered hundreds of tunnels leading into Sinai. According to a

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Stories I’d Like to See: Background on the Temple Mount Troubles

By now, we all know the Temple Mount is a hilltop site in Jerusalem that’s holy to Jews and Muslims. It’s back in the news, thanks to the Jerusalem’s latest tensions. Last week, an Islamic Jihad terrorist shot Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an activist pushing for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount. Israel closed the site

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Police Close Temple Mount Amid Tensions

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed in a shootout with police after he tried to murder Yehuda Glick, who advocates Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. To keep Jerusalem’s simmering Israeli-Palestinian tensions from further boiling over, police closed the Temple Mount. Mahmoud Abbas called the holy site’s closure “a declaration of war.”

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Feathers Fly Over “Chickensh*t” Interview

Today’s Top Stories 1. Already strained US-Israel ties became even more frayed when an anonymous “senior Obama administration official” launched unusual and undiplomatic attack on Benjamin Netanyahu. Here’s what he told Jeffrey Goldberg: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname.  

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Vote for the Dishonest Reporter of 2014

Now’s the time to vote for the Dishonest Reporter of 2014. It’s our annual recognition of the year’s most skewed and biased coverage of Israel and the Mideast conflict. Make your voice heard and we’ll announce the ignoble winners by the end of the year. Vote for one reporter or news service, along with a

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Islamic Waqf Condemns Jerusalem Mayor’s Temple Mount Visit

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Egyptian media reports, the terrorists responsible for the attacks that killed 31 soldiers were trained in Gaza and even used stolen IDF equipment. Hamas denies any role in the affair, and said it doesn’t According to a report in the Egyptian El-Watan daily newspaper, initial investigation of the incident

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