Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Congress Targets Hezbollah Finances

Today’s Top Stories 1. Congress approved a bill targeting Hezbollah financing by banning or sanctioning banks that do business with the terror group. The legislation also targets Hezbollah’s television channel Al-Manar by aiming to cut the broadcast of satellite operators that air the channel’s programming. More on other US efforts to defund Hezbollah at the

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Israeli Ire as UN Watchdog Ends Probe of Iranian Nukes

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Atomic Energy Agency decided to end its probe of Iran’s past nuclear activities, paving the way for the implementation of the nuclear accord and the beginning of sanctions relief. See Wall St. Journal coverage via (Google News) and Reuters. In Jerusalem, Israeli officials denounced the watchdog’s decision as “political, not

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Hamas Funding Islamic State in Sinai

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is funding Islamic State in Sinai. In a nutshell, YNet describes the mutually beneficial arrangement with Hamas providing IS with money, training, and logistical support. In return, IS secures the smuggling of needed weapons and equipment into Gaza: Israeli officials believe that if the situation escalates on the Gaza front, both ISIS

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What’s Behind the PA’s Arrest Warrant for a Palestinian Cartoonist?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas can crack down on incitement when he wants to. The PA issued an arrest warrant for pro-Hamas cartoonist Baha Yassin. The Gaza-based Yassin accused Fatah of collaborating with Israel in a graphic cartoon that crossed even Palestinian norms. 2. Israeli officials brushed off as “nonsense” Turkish President Recep Tayyip

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13 Year-Old Girl Exposes BDS Bigotry

Today’s Top Stories 1. After refusing to answer a 13-year-old Shachar Rabinovitch’s questions about horses because she’s Israeli, ex-Cambridge academic Marsha Levine dug herself a deeper hole justifying the rude treatment. Levine’s fresh quotes to the Jewish Chronicle and Daily Telegraph poured more fuel on the fire. The Daily Mail, Times of London, and other

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Israeli-Arab Lawmaker to Make Groundbreaking Diplomatic Trip

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas moves against Palestinian media incitement — sort of. PA orders Hamas TV off the air in West Bank 2. There’s heavy interest in MK Ayman Odeh’s upcoming US visit because it’s the first time a prominent Israeli Arab is holding diplomatic meetings. YNet reports that Odeh, chairman of the

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Israel Suspends Contacts With EU

Today’s Top Stories 1. Angered over its guidelines for labeling settlement products, Israel suspended diplomatic contact with the European Union. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is re-assessing the EU’s role in the Mideast peace process. Despite the suspension, Israel will continue its relations with individual European states. Meanwhile, The Media Line discussed the labeling regime,

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State Dept. Admits Iranian Nuke Deal Not Legally Binding

Today’s Top Stories 1. The State Dept. admitted in a letter obtained by the National Review that the Iranian nuclear deal is not legally binding, and that no Iranian official ever signed it. Meanwhile, the UN’s chief nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano said there are still no assurances that Iran’s nuclear program is all peaceful.

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Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel carry out an airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria yesterday? Syrian opposition sources say 13 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in the Qalamoun area. Israel has never confirmed or denied carrying out air strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war. Israeli

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