Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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The 6 Questions About Paywalls You Were Afraid to Ask

The 6 Questions About Paywalls You Were Afraid to Ask

I’ve received a few reader queries about newspaper paywalls: What are they? How do they work? Why do we link to paywalled articles in our critiques and Israel Daily News Stream? And how can readers get around them? 1. What’s a paywall? A paywall is a way of blocking Internet readers from reading a web

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Russian Initiative: How Enforceable Is It?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. How enforceable is Russia’s plan to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons? Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the Jerusalem Post that Moscow’s plan

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Egyptian Tanks Cross Gaza No Man’s Land

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Assad’s scattering his chemical weapons to as many as 50 sites, and even preparing to hide more in Iraq. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria’s elite Unit 450 could

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US, Iran Edging Towards Direct Talks

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. The LA Times reports that the US and Iran are “moving behind the scenes toward direct talks.” President Obama reportedly reached out to Iran’s relatively moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, through

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Russian Peace Plan: The Fallout Begins

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. President Obama took his case for Syrian intervention to the public in a national address (video/transcript). See also the Wall St. Journal, which rounded up the highlights of the president’s

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Sinai Jihadis Use Israeli Cellular Networks

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. After Egypt shut down Sinai’s telecommunications network, jihadis turned to Israeli (and Palestinian) mobile networks. If Al-Qaida’s using Israel’s Cellcom and Orange networks, where does that leave the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions campaign?

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Media Fumbles Iranian Twitter Diplomacy

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Interesting Twitter diplomacy. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted Happy Rosh HaShanah, then confirmed to reporters  it was indeed his tweet. There was even more buzz about president  Hasan

Clarifying, Or Detoxifying, the Record

An important correction in today’s edition of The Observer (The Guardian’s sister Sunday edition): Contrary to the impression given in “Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria” (Comment, last week, page 34), white phosphorus, used by Israeli forces in Gaza in 2008, is not a chemical

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Scrapping the BBC Trust: What This Means for Israel Activists

The BBC Trust is embroiled in a controversy over excessive payoffs to outgoing executives. British lawmakers are grilling Beeb bosses about the lack of oversight, and anger has reached the point that parliamentarians are talking about scrapping the body that governs the broadcaster and — in theory — represents the interests of taxpayers who fund

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