Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Settlers Clash With Police Evacuating Amona Outpost

Settlers Clash With Police Evacuating Amona Outpost

Today’s Top Stories 1. Settlers clashed with Israeli police who came to evacuate the Amona settlement outpost today. The settlement — home to some 40 families — was built without state permission on privately owned Palestinian land and faced a court-imposed February 8 deadline for evacuation. A compromise in which some of the settlers would

Security Council to Discuss Provocative Iranian Missile Test

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iran provocatively test-fired a ballistic missile believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead on Sunday. The UN Security Council was due to meet today for urgent talks on the test and whether the launch violates Security Council resolution 2231. According to the New York Times: The Iranian missile traveled

Palestinians Slam UN Secretary General Over Jewish Ties to Temple Mt

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians denounced UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for acknowledging Jewish ties to the Temple Mount. What does it say about the Palestinians that a comment like this should get their leaders in such a tizzy? Speaking to Israel Radio on Friday, Guterres reportedly said that it is “completely clear that the Temple

Lebanon to Auction Energy Rights in Waters Disputed By Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon’s muddying the waters of energy exploration in the Mediterranean Sea. Bloomberg News explains: Lebanon wants to auction energy rights to areas in the Mediterranean Sea contested by neighboring Israel and will invite more companies to qualify for bidding next month.   The new bidders can apply Feb. 2 to March

Trump Eyes Cutting UN Funds Over PA Membership

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is moving to cut US funding to various UN organizations. Palestinian membership is one of the red lines: Those criteria include organizations that give full membership to the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization, or support programs that fund abortion or any

Did Trump Reverse Himself on Embassy Move Or Not?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian sources, journalists, and possibly Trump administration officials as well muddied the waters on whether the US is going to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. Follow the bouncing ball and draw your own conclusions about what this means for the next four years of Mideast news coverage. It all starts with

Obama Transferred $221 Million to PA Before Inauguration

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the last hours of the Obama administration, the US transferred $221 million to the PA. The Associated Press explains: Congress had initially approved the Palestinian funding in budget years 2015 and 2016, but at least two GOP lawmakers — Ed Royce of California, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs

Fake News About Israel Trips Up Baroness Jenny Tonge

Today’s Top Stories 1. Baroness Jenny Tonge is taking flak for posting on Facebook an anti-Semitic article from a fake news site. AWD is the same fake news site which sparked a Pakistani nuclear threat against Israel over this hoax report. Other phony AWD reports include Israeli plans to colonize Russia, a Belgian arrest warrant

Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power

Today’s Top Stories 1. After Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the US, Israeli media reported that the new US administration requested Israel not to make any “surprise” unilateral moves. In particular is a Knesset bill under consideration to annex Maale Adumim which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is opposes. Meanwhile, a Trump-Netanyahu meeting

Arrow 3 Missile Defense Goes Into Operation

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Israeli Air Force received the first battery of Arrow 3 long range missile interceptors (pictured above in a 2015 test launch). Developed with the US, the system is designed to shoot down inter-continental ballistic missile outside the atmosphere. The Times of Israel notes: With the Arrow 3 system declared operational,

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