Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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French MP Visits West Bank Jail to Learn About Fight Against Terror

French MP Visits West Bank Jail to Learn About Fight Against Terror

Today’s Top Stories 1. A visiting French MP raised eyebrows telling Israeli students that France needs administrative detention to help combat Islamic terror. The Jerusalem Post reports that George Fenech then went on to visit the Ofer Prison, located in the West Bank, to learn more about the controversial counter-terror measure that allows the state

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Shimon Peres Fighting For His Life After Stroke

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Israeli president Shimon Peres is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke last night. Doctors at Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital placed the 93-year-old Peres in a medical-induced coma. The last of Israel’s founding fathers, Peres has served in nearly every significant position of Israeli politics, including including president, multiple

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Israel, US Agree on $38B Military Aid Package

Today’s Top Stories 1. After months of negotiations, Israel and the US agreed on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) governing the next decade of US military aid to Israel. Reuters reports the 10-year package is worth $38 billion, “representing the biggest pledge of US military assistance ever made to any country.” Haaretz adds that Israel’s

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Hezbollah Takes Up Positions in Syrian Golan Across From Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah’s taking up positions across from Israel, and according to Arab reports, they’re doing so in the guise local militiamen. Might this explain why Hezbollah supports the US-Russian ceasefire. There goes the neighborhood . . . 2. More than 60 members of the European Parliament are pushing soccer’s world governing body, FIFA (Federation Internationale

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News Agency Fires Reporter for Collaborating With Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror Collaborating Journalist Gets the Boot: Italian news agency fires reporter Michele Monni, who interviewed Israelis for a Hezbollah documentary. 2. Palestinian court suspended municipal elections that were scheduled for next month. The High Court of Justice ruling gives Fatah a face-saving way to avoid an expected loss to Hamas. Anxious cadres

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Israel Now Bringing Sudan in From the Cold?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Maintaining that Sudan is no longer in Iran’s orbit, Israel is urging the US and Europe to begin improving relations with Khartoum, Haaretz reports. It’s a tricky proposition because the US has designated Sudan as a state sponsor of terror, and because the International Criminal Court indicted President Omar Bashir for

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Jordanian Lawmaker: BDS Endangering Kingdom and Mideast

Today’s Top Stories 1. It looks like Hamas’ next supreme leader will be Ismail Haniyeh. According to Asharq al-Awsat, Haniyeh — who currently runs Gaza — has the inside track to replace Khaled Mashaal. But there’s a catch: Haniyeh will have to move to Qatar in order to freely travel on behalf of Hamas. Several officials from

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Two Dead, More Missing in Tel Aviv Building Collapse

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Tel Aviv construction site collapsed, killing two people and injuring possibly as many as 27, with others still missing in the wreckage. Rescue efforts were complicated by the fact that the site was an underground parking garage. It’s believed the collapse was the result of a structural failure after a tractor

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Defining Bias #6: Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions

Part six of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #6 Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions Media reports frequently use true facts to draw erroneous conclusions. Even if all the facts are accurate, it’s still possible for journalists to draw illogical conclusions. To err is human, right? Watch Haviv

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MSNBC Host Deletes ‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweet

Today’s Top Stories 1. MSNBC host Chris Hayes raised a Twitter stink over the weekend, ultimately removing one of the stupidest tweets I’ve ever seen. The fuss began when Fusion‘s Collier Meyerson tweeted her displeasure with the behavior of a Hasidic man she was sitting next to on an airplane. Hayes, who hosts the political talk show,

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