Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Palestinian Journos Disappear as Abbas Meets Israeli MKs

Palestinian Journos Disappear as Abbas Meets Israeli MKs

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. Mahmoud Abbas received a visiting delegation of Knesset members. Most media coverage emphasized A) the Palestinian chief’s condemnation of Saturday’s Psagot terror (he really did or he really didn’t), and

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Deadly Clashes Erupt in Egypt

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 *** Breaking news **** As today’s news roundup went to press, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef — Israel’s former Sefardi chief rabbi, a prominent spiritual leader and political power broker — passed away.

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Israel Battles Western “Red Line Fatigue”

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. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s media counteroffensive against Iran may be running into what I’ll call “red line fatigue.” How long can Israel talk about nuclear red lines before the world

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Did Israel Give Green Light to Egyptian Military Action in Gaza?

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. Did Israel give Egypt’s military a green light to take action in Gaza? I can’t otherwise imagine Egyptian officials talking to openly like this to Maan News: The Egyptian army

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PA Spins Lack of News on Arafat Inquiry

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. International experts investigating the cause of Yasser Arafat’s death haven’t released their findings yet. But here’s how “informed Palestinian sources” spun the information vacuum to the Jerusalem Post: The officials

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5 Reasons Bibi’s UN Speech Called Out the NY Times

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the UN (video or transcript) included a reference to a NY Times staff-ed about a previous “diplomatic breakthrough” on North Korea’s nuclear program. Back in 2005, the Times wrote: For years now, foreign policy insiders have pointed to North Korea as the ultimate nightmare, the ongoing worst-case scenario for an

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Would Israel Distance Itself From US?

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 one year, the Palestinians have little to show for their upgraded UN observer status. The Globe & Mail looks at why (in order to give John Kerry’s peace talks

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Khamenei’s Nuclear Arms Fatwa Doesn’t Exist

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. Lebanon is “about to award offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in areas that encroach on Israel’s exclusive economic zone,” reports Globes. What next? Beirut officials selling Tel Aviv timeshares?

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US-Iranian Thaw After PR Blitz

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. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani launched a charm offensive in the US which culminated in a phone call with President Obama. Tweets sharing details of the conversation were posted, then deleted,

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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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