Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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It’s Official: Israel Schedules Snap Elections

It’s Official: Israel Schedules Snap Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. It’s official: Israel to hold snap elections on March 17, 2015. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet, Times of Israel, or i24 News coverage. I also liked Ben Wedeman’s summary of the situation for CNN. 2. Globes: Gaza’s inoperative sewage plant may be endangering Ashkelon, potentially exposing the city’s residents (and Israel’s biggest

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Fact-Checking AP’s Denial of Censorship

This week, former Associated Press journalist Matti Friedman leveled some serious charges of censorship, omissions, and systematic bias against the wire service. AP spokesman Paul Colford quickly issued a denial. But that denial is unraveling in the face of fact-checking. One of Friedman’s biggest accusations is that AP reporters were banned from quoting Professor Gerald Steinberg, who founded

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Israel Sliding Towards Early Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Likud party agreed to dissolve the government and move to early elections. Things could still change, but the likelihood too high to ignore. The Times of Israel explains in a nutshell: The preliminary vote on the dissolution bills will take place Wednesday, with the third and final vote formally setting

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Can UNESCO Save Jewish Heritage Sites From ISIS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. UNESCO seeks to save Jewish sites in Iraq from ISIS destruction. But will a plan come together in time to save the tombs of the Biblical prophets, Ezekiel, Daniel and Nahum? More at Israel HaYom. 2. Kurdish source cast doubt on reports that Canadian-Israeli citizen Gill Rosenberg was captured by ISIS,

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Canadian-Israeli Reportedly Captured By ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ex-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquitted on charges of murder and corruption. Take your pick of CNN, BBC, or New York Times coverage. The Daily Beast and Max Fisher comment on why the charges were dropped. But the simplest explanation is Calvinball in Cairo.     2. Canadian-Israeli citizen reportedly captured

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Geneva Convention Summit to Discuss Israeli Treatment of Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel busted a Hamas terror network of 30 terrorists who were targeting Jerusalem’s soccer stadium and light rail, and planned a string of car bombings and kidnappings. YNet adds: The terrorists were receiving orders from Hamas’ Turkey delegation. During the investigation, more than 30 suspects were arrested; explosive devices, M-16 rifles, and

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Israel Moves to Outlaws Palestinian “Guards” on Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: Israel is moving to outlaw an informal group of Palestinian “guards” at the Temple Mount, and restrict visits by Knesset members and right-wing activists. The guards are called “Mourabitoun” in Arabic, a term used to describe an advance guard meant to protect Islamic holy sites from heretics. Dozens of men

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Turkish Governor Apologizes to Chief Rabbi: What Does It Have to Do With Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority denied that it plans to postpone a unilateral statehood push in the UN. Yesterday, the PA’s Foreign Minister, Riad Malki told Maan News that the Palestinians were still seeking support from members of the UN Security Council and waiting for the world to be less preoccupied with the

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Iranian Nuclear Talks Extended

Today’s Top Stories 1. The international nuclear talks with Iran were extended. Negotiators will meet again in December; new deadline for resolving the crisis is March 1, with details to be worked out by the end of June. 2. The Israeli cabinet moved forward legislation defining Israel as a Jewish state. I don’t know what

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Massive Arms Smuggling to Eastern Jerusalem Busted

Today’s Top Stories 1. Santa take note: The IDF busted a massive shipment of tasers and other weapons en route to eastern Jerusalem. The shipping containers were labeled as Christmas decorations but the goodies didn’t reflect peace on earth. The Jerusalem Post writes: Inside the containers police said they found 18,000 fireworks of the restricted 20mm

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