Author Archives: Pesach Benson

UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout

UN Vote: Ramifications and Fallout

Today’s Top Stories 1. A day after Egypt withdrew its anti-settlement resolution, the US allowed the UN Security Council to pass a similar resolution. Here’s the full text of resolution 2334. Israel rejected the resolution, calling it “shameful” and saying Jerusalem would not abide by it. The White House said Netanyahu brought the US abstention

Egypt Postpones UN Security Council Vote on Resolution Against Settlements

Today’s Top Stories *** UPDATE *** After this roundup was published, Egypt decided to postpone today’s Security Council vote. The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz reported this was due to heavy Israeli pressure on Cairo. 1. The UN Security Council is was due to vote on a resolution declaring that settlements “have no legal validity” and

Is Hezbollah Using US Arms Taken From Lebanese Army?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s now using US weapons supplied to the Lebanese Armed Forces, according to an IDF officer quoted by Haaretz. And how did Hezbollah get its hands on the “Made in the USA” arms and vehicles? The senior officer added that while it is not clear under which circumstances Hezbollah obtained the

The 2016 Dishonest Reporting Awards

The year began amid a wave of Palestinian car-ramming, stabbing and shooting attacks. But Israel was largely a peripheral part of the year’s biggest stories: Donald Trump, Brexit, Russia’s rise, violence in Syria, and Islamic terror attacks in Europe. We thank our readers for their nominations and thoughts on 2016. Here are the runner-up winners.

Saeb Erekat ‘Threatens’ Violence Over US Embassy Move

Today’s Top Stories 1. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat threatened (or predicted?) Arab violence if the US relocates its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Here’s Erekat dog whistling after saying he’d resign and the PLO would revoke its recognition of Israel. Draw your own conclusion: Furthermore, said Erekat, all American embassies in the Arab world

Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to Israel Stirs Controversy

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, residents of Amona agreed to leave the unauthorized outpost for a nearby location. The High Court of Justice had ruled that Amona was built on private Palestinian-owned land and ordered the outpost demolished by December 25. The agreement heads off fears of

Aleppo Ceasefire Collapses as Residents Tweet Desperate Farewells

Today’s Top Stories 1. The battle for Aleppo is over. But an agreement to allow rebels and residents to evacuate the northern Syrian city fell through with everyone pointing fingers and shelling resuming. Both the UN and Aleppines accused pro-Assad forces of atrocities. There’s no independent verification, but something awful is happening. This ominous Daily

Israel to Boycott Visiting Swedish Foreign Minister

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli officials will boycott visiting Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom over her government’s Mideast policies and her own history of comments. She has linked Islamist terror in Paris to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and demanded a probe into what she called Israel’s “extrajudicial executions.” In 2014, one of the first acts of

Deadly Bombings Rock Mideast, Africa

Today’s Top Stories 1. Four bombings rocked the Mideast and Africa this weekend. Today, at least 25 people were killed in a bombing inside Cairo’s main Coptic cathedral. Also today in Somalia, a suicide truck bombing which killed 29 people at the Mogadishu Port. The Islamist al Shabaab claimed responsibility. On Saturday, in Istanbul, a

German Firm Making Israeli Submarines Hacked

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking News *** Just before this roundup was published, Israeli media reported that Israel busted a Hamas cell plotting a terror attack with the goal of ultimately kidnapping Israelis to obtain the release of prisoners. See more at the Jerusalem Post and YNet. 1. Secrets were stolen in a massive cyber

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