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Kerry Backtracks on Apartheid Comments

Kerry Backtracks on Apartheid Comments

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 John Kerry statement backtracked on his contentious comments about Israel becoming an apartheid state: First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated,

Kerry: Israel Could Become an Apartheid State

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. John Kerry has a lot of Israel-supporters up in arms. The Daily Beast obtained a recording of the Secretary of State saying that Israel risks becoming an apartheid state if no peace

Abbas Abuses Holocaust for Damage Control

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. Shortly before Israel observes Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mahmoud Abbas called the Holocaust, “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.” Of course, no Palestinian condemnation of

Palestinian Unity Deal: Now What?

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. It’s official (for now, at least). Hamas and Fatah announced their national unity agreement. Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza after the new government is formed. Today was the proverbial “day

Israeli-American Journalist Disappears in Ukraine

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. Ukraine separatists said holding American-Israeli journalist: Simon Ostrovsky, of Vice News, hasn’t been seen since Monday. The “people’s mayor” of Slaviansk insists that Ostrovsky is now helping the separatists, but judging

National Union of Journalists Rejects Israel Boycott

Just before HonestReporting went on Passover break, Britain’s National Union of Journalists voted against a controversial motion to support the BDS movement and boycott Israeli goods. Judging from an NUJ statement, the prevailing reason for the rejection is that a boycott would make it more difficult for journalists to cover Israel. I assume this refers

Assad Using Chemical Weapons Again?

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. Haaretz: Worried that Israel will withhold tax transfers to the PA, Mahmoud Abbas is seeking a $100 million a month safety net from the Arab League — specifically the Gulf

Debunking the Myth of Israel Withholding Water

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. No progress made in Martin Indyk’s meeting last night with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Nonetheless, everyone’s going to confab again today, reports the NY Times. Judge for yourself if there’s

White House Reining In John Kerry?

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. What’s the state of the peace process? Martin Indyk’s taking another shot of salvaging the peace process by meeting (again) with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Take your pick of Jerusalem

US Fails to Salvage Peace 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. Acrimonious, hostile, and heated are some of the adjectives describing Martin Indyk’s meeting with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Israeli papers widely quoted Maan News coverage. Despite the PA’s unilateral moves, the US

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