Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power

Mideast Watches, Waits as Trump Takes Power

Today’s Top Stories 1. After Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the US, Israeli media reported that the new US administration requested Israel not to make any “surprise” unilateral moves. In particular is a Knesset bill under consideration to annex Maale Adumim which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is opposes. Meanwhile, a Trump-Netanyahu meeting

Arrow 3 Missile Defense Goes Into Operation

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Israeli Air Force received the first battery of Arrow 3 long range missile interceptors (pictured above in a 2015 test launch). Developed with the US, the system is designed to shoot down inter-continental ballistic missile outside the atmosphere. The Times of Israel notes: With the Arrow 3 system declared operational,

Israeli Cop Killed in Bedouin Violence

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli policeman was killed in a car-ramming attack as security forces were evacuating buildings in the illegally-built village of Umm al-Hiran, in the Negev. The driver, Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, was said to be a teacher affiliated with the Islamic Movement. Residents claim Kiyan lost control of his vehicle after

Gaza Man Burns Himself: Electricity Crisis to Blame?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Despite the arrival of a shipment of oil from Qatar, Gaza remains tense after Palestinian tried to burn himself to death. The Strip is in the midst of a severe electricity crisis which saw demonstrations against Hamas, but it’s not clear if the suicide attempt was related to that. 2. Israel

Jared Kushner to Broker Mideast Peace

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Israeli media picked up on a Times of London interview with Donald Trump for this snippet at the very end about Mideast peace: Mr Trump also confirmed that he would appoint Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to broker a Middle East peace deal, urged Britain to veto any new UN Security

Paris Peace Parley: What We Know So Far

Today’s Top Stories 1. Diplomats from more than 70 countries gathered in Paris for a peace conference lauded by the Palestinians and lambasted by Israel. The conference was still in progress when this roundup went to press, but France slammed the idea of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Diplomatic correspondents Barak Ravid and Raphael

Are Israeli Secrets Safe With Trump Administration?

Today’s Top Stories 1. US intelligence officials have warned their Israeli counterparts against sharing sensitive information with the Trump administration out of fear of secrets being leaked to Russia — and then to Iran. Ronen Bergman reports: These fears, which began upon Trump’s election, grew stronger following a meeting held recently between Israeli and American

Qatar Reportedly Mediating Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to an Arab media report picked up by YNet and the Jerusalem Post, Qatar is mediating an Israel-Hamas prisoner swap: According to the report, Israel agreed to conditions proposed by Hamas to release prisoners who were previously released in the Gilad Schalit deal, on condition that they be deported to

Columnist Fired For Lauding Jerusalem Truck Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Belgian newspaper fired a columnist who took to social media to laud the Palestinian terror attack which killed four Israeli soldiers on Sunday. After his dismissal from De Standaard, Dyab Abou Jahjah doubled-down on his praise for the attack in a series of tweets. Jahjah was banned from Britain for

Jerusalem Terror Victims Laid to Rest

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israelis came out in the thousands to lay to rest the four soldiers killed in yesterday’s Palestinian truck ramming attack in Jerusalem. The four soldiers were Lt. Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach from Alon Shvut. All four

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