Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Nasrallah: Rockets on Haifa Chemical Facility Would Be Nuclear-Like

Nasrallah: Rockets on Haifa Chemical Facility Would Be Nuclear-Like

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police apologized for detaining Washington Post reporter William Booth yesterday while he was interviewing people at Damascus Gate: The police defended the initial detention, but apologized for any distress caused. “The clarification [of what happened] was required in light of the information given to the officers, which turned out to

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Nasrallah Reportedly Hospitalized in Iran With Cancer

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly in Iran getting emergency medical treatment for cancer. The timing’s ironic: Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the assassination of pro-Western prime minister Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah’s heavily implicated. 2. Ex-PM Ehud Olmert reported to prison this morning, to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery

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A Day of Terror, A Day of Headline Fails

More Palestinian terror attacks mean more screwy headlines. Context and accuracy took a hit. Without question, today’s worst headline was served up by the Irish Times. For readers who initially wrote us about this screwy Associated Press header (cached version), the wire service subsequently updated the headline. Most papers around the world updated their AP wire

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Turks, Saudis, Gearing Up for Syrian Ground Offensive

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkish and Saudi forces are reportedly ready to launch a ground offensive against Islamic State forces in Syria. Iran responded by offering to help defend Syrian air space. Meanwhile, skepticism abounds whether a partial ceasefire will take hold. As it is with the Mideast, all sides involved are positioning themselves for

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11.5% of Syrian Population Killed, Injured in Civil War

Today’s Top Stories 1. A report by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research on the conflict (picked up by The Guardian) finds 11.5% of population killed or injured. After five years of civil war, we’re talking about 470,000 dead, 1.9 million injured, and 45% of the population displaced: Of the 470,000 war dead counted by

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Foreign Press Assoc. to Knesset: We’re Not Biased

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the European Union are in “quiet” talks to reduce tensions caused by the EU’s guidelines for labeling settlement products. Haaretz got the scoop. 2. Yesterday, foreign journalists appeared before a Knesset panel that wanted to hear what reporters had to say about media bias against Israel. Tzipi Livni, head of

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UN Report: Assad Regime ‘Exterminating’ Civilians

Today’s Top Stories 1. A UN report accuses the Bashar Assad regime of detaining and “exterminating” civilians on a massive scale. The Daily Telegraph explains the crimes against humanity in Syrian prisons: That prompted activists to compare the regime to the Nazis’ death camps – a comparison the UN team seemed to echo.   “The government

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What’s Behind Another Gaza Tunnel Collapse?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel agreed to return the bodies of 10 Palestinians killed while carrying out terror attacks in recent weeks. YNet explains the deal: According to the agreement that was reached, the funerals of these terrorists are to occur in the middle of the night and with only a limited number of family

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Israel, Jordan At Odds Over Temple Mount and Western Wall

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s security establishment is furious with cabinet minister Yuval Steinitz after he disclosed that Egypt flooded Hamas tunnels at Israel’s request. Overnight Friday, Egypt flooded 10 tunnels, using pipes to pump water from the Mediterranean Sea and bring about their collapse.   An additional tunnel was exposed Friday, presumed to have

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