Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Stories I’d Like to See: Scratching the Surface of UNRWA

Stories I’d Like to See: Scratching the Surface of UNRWA

We know of a few examples from the IDF of United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) facilities being used to store weapons and launch rockets at Israel. This UN agency oversees Palestinian refugee camps — everything from schools and medical clinics, to camp infrastructure. According to its web site, the agency’s 2014-2015 budget is $1.4 billion,

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Al Nusra Front Captures Israel-Syria Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas agreed to an ambiguous open-ended ceasefire. It’s hard to say if it’ll hold, but here’s one indication that it might: Terror leaders like Hamas’s Mahmoud Zahar and Islamic Jihad’s Mohammed al-Hindi appeared in public for the first time since the crisis began. 2. The Al-Qaeda affiliated Al Nusra Front

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Hamas Detainees Confirm Human Shield Tactics to Israeli Interrogators

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas operatives caught by Israel are confirming to interrogators that mosques were used for military activity, tunnels were dug under kindergartens, and the organization’s leaders are hiding out in hospitals. The Shin Bet even posted on its web site (in Hebrew) the names of the prisoners and what they confirmed. Haaretz picked

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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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