Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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US Limiting Arms Sale to Israel?

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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Ceasefire Expires, Rockets Resume

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas resumed rocket fire on Friday, injuring two Israelis. According to Reuters, the weekend rocket fire “has focused on kibbutzim, or collective farms, just across the border in what appeared to be a strategy of sapping Israel’s morale without triggering another ground invasion of the tiny Gaza Strip.” Or as the

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Journos Tell All as Press Corps Leaves Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. YNet talked to a number of foreign journalists who just left Gaza about their experiences. In YNet’s first report, a correspondent described Hamas’ media manipulation. First, Hamas determined that the organization’s spokesmen could be interviewed only in the the courtyard of Al-Shifa hospital. As a result, long lines of reporters waiting for

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Anonymous Sources Run Amok

In their zeal to squeeze Hamas, did Israel and Egypt irresponsibly ignore US and UN warnings that might have made war in Gaza avoidable? I don’t know. But that’s what the Wall Street Journal (click via Google News) implies in a reconstruction of events leading up to Operation Protective Edge. Unfortunately, this reconstruction is  based entirely on anonymous

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Hamas Caught on Film Setting Up Rockets Next to Journalists’ Hotel

Today’s Top Stories 1. India’s NDTV was the first news service to capture Hamas men at work. If you set up rocket launchers in civilian areas — especially next to a hotel where journalists are staying — you’re bound to be filmed surreptitiously. NDTV said that reporter Sreenivasan Jain and his crew left Gaza before

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Foul-Mouthed Australian Columnist Quits Over Israel Flap

After stirring up a hornet’s nest of tension with the Jewish community, editors, and executives at his parent company Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald columnist Mike Carlton quit over a string of foul-mouthed replies to readers. First the background. It began when Carlton wrote Israel’s Rank and Rotten Fruit is Being Called Fascism, a

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Gaza: What Could the Press Corps Have Done Differently?

Its’ too early to tell if Operation Protective Edge is really winding down or not. Israel says it has destroyed all the terror tunnels it knows of, but the possibility of continued rocket fire looms over the Cairo truce talks. After one month of conflict, it’s fair to ask, What could the news services in

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Gaza Conflict Day 29: Terror Attacks in Jerusalem

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Palestinian driving a tractor went on a rampage in Jerusalem, running over and killing a pedestrian. The driver was shot and killed by a police officer and prisons service official on the scene. Later in the afternoon, an Israeli soldier was shot in the stomach when a Palestinian on a motorcycle opened

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