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Iran’s Apologists Will Have a Hard Time Explaining Away Ahmadinejad Speech

Iran’s Apologists Will Have a Hard Time Explaining Away Ahmadinejad Speech

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. A brutal murder in Bethlehem’s open-air market has shocked Palestinians into confronting wife-beating. AP‘s dispatch raises uncomfortable questions for one British paper which only yesterday blamed Israel for the domestic violence.

Israel Made Me Beat My Wife, Part 2

Good thing The Guardian published its piece blaming Israel for Palestinian wife-beating yesterday. Had the story waited another day, it would’ve directly competed with an ugly murder demolishing the paper’s it’s-all-Israel’s-fault mentality. Nancy Zaboun, a 27-year-old Palestinian mother of three was killed by her husband. In Bethlehem’s busy open air market. Eyewitnesses — and there were plenty

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Balance of “Activism” Doesn’t Sound Right

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah thinks Hezbollah has reached a level of mutually assured destruction with the Zionist entity. Here’s the Daily Star’s money quote from his latest speech (still given from an undisclosed location). Speaking on the subject of Israel, Nasrallah said his party maintained “a balance of terror” with the Jewish state, which prevents it

Would Israel “Fix Intelligence” to Justify Attacking Iran?

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.  Today’s Lead Screed: Bibi’s rush to blame Iran for the Bulgaria bombing  without evidence suggests that Israel’s capable of “fixing intelligence” to justify an attack on Iran. So argues Ray

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A Shout Out to India

A shout out to readers in India getting back online after a massive power outage. While the lights were off, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, decided to send a delegation to visit Israel’s security fence “to assess technologies that New Delhi could implement at its fence with Pakistan and Bangladesh.” And four Indian navy ships arrived in Haifa

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Journalist’s Mea Culpa Sheds Light on Assad’s P.R. Machine

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. An unusual mea culpa: Joan Juliet Buck, who wrote Vogue’s pilloried profile of Asma Assad, describes how the story came about. Why now? She no longer works for Vogue. Buck

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Big Media Confirms Foreign Jihadis Among Syrian Rebels

Everything you need to know about the  weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Times of India: Naming names, Indian cops have concluded that the suspects in February attack outside the Israeli embassy were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. One man, identified as Sedaghatzadeh

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BBC, Israel, and Another Olympic Asterisk

The BBC’s Israeli Olympic page is getting dumb and dumber. The country’s size is now qualified. It used to say But now it says If only the Beeb were equally vigorous about putting a similar asterisk on “facts” from Palestinian sources. This is after a whole stink over the Beeb’s handling of Jerusalem’s capital status. I

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A Busy Media Day for the Munich Olympic Widows

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. AP follows up on the status of Christians in the Gaza Strip. Their community is dwindling, and since Hamas took over, facing more pressure to convert. The informal social pressure

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Salam Fayyad and The Independent: Collective Amnesia

The Independent breaks out the violins in an interview with Salam Fayyad. Yes, the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat are forcing the Palestinians to learn that the world really doesn’t revolve around them. And yes, Fayad’s nation-building campaign is undermined by the Palestinian economy’s hyper-dependence on foreign aid — an uncomfortable truth raised by the

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