Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Discovering Terror — When the Suspects are Jews

Discovering Terror — When the Suspects are Jews

Big Media’s looking at Israeli measures to fight Jewish extremism and to find the terrorists responsible for firebombing the Dawabsha family home. Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old burned to death; his parents and four-year-old brother are  fighting for their lives. In a separate incident one day earlier, six people marching in Jerusalem’s gay pride parade were


Toddler Killed in Arson Attack, Teen Stabbed at Pride Parade Succumbs

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jewish-Arab tensions rose faster than the mercury in a heat wave after a Palestinian toddler, Ali Dawabsha was killed in a fire likely started by Jewish extremists terrorists who threw a Molotov cocktail into the family’s home in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus. Hebrew graffiti saying “revenge” and “long


IDF Warns of Preemptive Strikes in Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. What’s behind the IDF’s warnings about launching preemptive strikes in the Sinai on Islamic State? 2. The Knesset gave Israeli prison officials authorization to force-feed hunger-striking inmates. Israel has long been concerned that hunger strikes by Palestinians in its jails could end in death and trigger waves of protests in the occupied


Jonathan Pollard to Be Freed in November

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s official: A federal parole board decided that Jonathan Pollard will be released from prison in November. Pollard, a former intelligence analyst, has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. Reuters writes: The U.S. Justice Department helped smooth the way for the freeing of Pollard, who


ICC Prosecutor Rejects Reopening Probe of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Sanity prevails in The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court rejected an order to reopen her probe into flotilla deaths during the 2010 Israeli intercept of the Mavi Marmara. Times of Israel coverage. 2. Meet George Deek, Israel’s highest ranking Christian Arab diplomat. 3. There was an interesting


Palestinians Clash With Police on Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police clashed with Palestinians on the Temple Mount yesterday, during the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av. The Jerusalem Post posted footage of Palestinians barricaded in the Al-Aqsa Mosque throwing rocks and firecrackers at police. The rioting took place as tens of thousands of Jews fasted and made a pilgrimage to the


US Confirms Iran Side Deal With IAEA

Today’s Top Stories 1. US National Security Adviser Susan Rice confirmed that Iran a cut a side deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Besides agreeing to discuss the past military dimensions of its nuclear program, Iran struck a deal with the IAEA on inspections at the Parchin military base, one of the most sensitive


When Anonymous Washington Sources Sling Mud At Israel

Love them or hate them, the news industry needs anonymous sources. Sometimes, the information they provide can’t be obtained from anywhere else. I get that. But journalists must use nameless sources with caution. They make news less transparent — readers have to place a lot more trust in the reporter that the source is credible,


EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank: But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into


EU Brainstorms Next Mideast Peace Moves

Today’s Top Stories 1. Over Israeli objections, a controversial Hamas-linked organization got UN accreditation as a recognized non-governmental organization. UN Watch unpacked the incitement of the UK-based Palestine Return Center in posts one and two. And Sarah Marusek and David Miller further lay out The Case Against the PRC. 2. The Iranian accord will bury any chance