Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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How Foreign Islamists Support Temple Mount Conflict

How Foreign Islamists Support Temple Mount Conflict

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sparks are going to fly. The Prime Minister’s Office gave a green light to 1,000 new housing units in Har Homa and Ramat Shlomo Netanyahu will also push new infrastructure projects in the West Bank, including roads that will also serve the Palestinian population, a PMO source said. 2. How Islamists

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Gaza Ceasefire Talks Postponed As Egypt Declares State of Emergency

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt declared state of emergency after 31 soldiers were killed in twin Sinai suicide attacks. Cairo declared a state of emergency, announced it will set up a buffer zone with Gaza, and postponed ceasefire talks it was brokering between the Palestinian factions and Israel. The Times of Israel adds: According to a report

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IDF Under Fire Along Egyptian Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Breaking news: As today’s roundup went to press, there were early reports of an IDF patrol along the Egyptian border coming under fire. The IDF confirmed that two soldiers were injured. The army returned fire on the unknown assailants. Egyptian forces reportedly clashed with the presumably same gunmen. The IDF is trying to

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Can the Palestinian Authority Survive Without the IDF?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas may threaten to end security cooperation with Israel, but can the Palestinian Authority survive without the IDF? Whether the Israeli withdrawal be quick or slow, Amidror asserted that without Israeli boots on the ground, Abbas had no realistic way of overcoming a Palestinian Islamic movement bent on his destruction.

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Obama to Freeze Congress Out of Bad Iranian Nuclear Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. With the clock ticking on nuclear negotiations with Iran, the New York Times raises a scenario sure to create Israeli anxiety. What if the White House reached an agreement allowing Iran to remain a “nuclear threshold state” and suspend most sanctions, while freezing Congress out of the process? Could President Obama

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What Does New UN Security Council Makeup Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Druze community of the Israeli Golan is undergoing a shift in loyalty towards the Jewish state. The four-year-old Syrian civil war has been a wake up call towns like Majdal Shams. But as the war in Syria worsens and new ideas continue to take hold, few here see much benefit

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Ayatollah’s Health Sparks Talk of Succession

Today’s Top Stories 1. Images of Iran’s hospitalized supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are sparking speculation over his successor as well as an unprecedented Iranian media blitz. The 75-year-old Khamenei recently underwent prostate surgery. Reuters explains: “The clergy are looking for somebody to guarantee the interests of the clergy. The Revolutionary Guards are looking for

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“Settlement Crisis” Upstages Summit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Prime Minister Netanyahu visited President Obama to discuss Mideast peace, Iran, and ISIS. Once again, the summit was upstaged by “settlement crisis” manufactured by Peace Now (more on that below) over a week-old tender of 2,610 Israeli housing units in eastern Jerusalem. Unhappy White House officials told the Jerusalem Post they

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Secret Back-Channel Tightens Israel-PA Cooperation

Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting YNet scoop: An unidentified senior Israeli official has been secretly meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “to tighten cooperation and coordination” on getting Gaza back on its feet. 2. In its fight against ISIS, the White House lifted rules on airstrikes meant to protect civilians. A White House statement

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