Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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State Dept. Funded Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

State Dept. Funded Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

Today’s Top Stories 1. A US Senate report revealed that US taxpayer money was indirectly used to influence Israelis to vote against Benjamin Netanyahu during last year’s Israeli elections. The State Dept. sent money to an organization called OneVoice, which channeled the money to V15 (short for Victory 2015), which raised suspicions in Jerusalem at

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Israeli Drones Target Sinai Jihadis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel conducting drone strikes in Sinai with Cairo’s approval. Israeli media was all over this Bloomberg News scoop. A former senior Israel official said his country has conducted numerous drone attacks on militants in Sinai in recent years with Egypt’s blessing. He spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential military

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Germany: Iran Illegally Seeking Nuke, Missile Tech

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to German intelligence reports seen by the Jerusalem Post, Iran’s seeking illegal nuclear and missile technology, as well as its biological and chemical warfare capabilities. State Department spokesman John Kirby struggled to answer reporters’ questions about the matter. Kirby then said that living up to the nuclear deal means not

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Lebanese Banks Shut Down Hundreds of Hezbollah Accounts

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** As this roundup was published, early reports broke of what the IDF is saying was “likely an intentional terror attack.”suspected Palestinian car-ramming attack at the entrance to the Neve Daniel settlement, near Jerusalem. Three soldiers were lightly injured and the Palestinian driver was hospitalized. 1. Lebanese banks shut down hundreds

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Palestinians to Reportedly Cut Ties With Quartet

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab media reports picked up by the Times of Israel, the Palestinian Authority has decided to sever ties with the Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, European Union, United States Russia. The Quartet on Friday released a long-awaited report on the peace process, which, for the first time in

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Hamas Seeking ‘Shalit Deal 2’

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas seeks a ‘Shalit Deal 2’ for the return of two missing Israeli civilians and the bodies of two IDF soldiers. YNet lays out what’s known besides Hamas’s overall goal of the release of hundreds of security prisoners: It also demands an “entry fee” to even engage in negotiations in the

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Defining Bias #4: Lack of Context

Part four of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #4 Lack of Context Context describes the conditions in which something happens. Without a frame of reference for readers, journalists can dramatically distort the true picture. For a newcomer to a contentious issue, context-free news is like walking into a cinema halfway

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World Mourns Elie Wiesel

Today’s Top Stories 1. The world mourned the passing of Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. The 87-year-old Wiesel — often described as “the conscience of the world” — is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marion, and a son, Shlomo Elisha Wiesel. See obituaries at Haaretz, Times of Israel, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington

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13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Stabbed to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. A 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was stabbed to death in her bedroom this morning. The murderer, 17-year-old Palestinian named as Muhammad Taraireh, was shot and killed by responding security guards. YNet reports that Taraireh managed to climb over the security fence surrounding the Kiryat Arba settlement, which is located next to Hebron. The

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41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Suicide bombers struck Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Last I saw, reports said 41 killed and 239 injured. Nobody has claimed responsibility, but Turkish officials believe Islamic State was behind the terror attack. All the Israelis in the airport are accounted for and safe, and Israeli eyewitnesses described the carnage. And the Jerusalem Post

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