Author Archives: Pesach Benson

To The New York Times: It's the Terror Tunnels, Stupid

It’s The Terror Tunnels, Stupid

It’s The Terror Tunnels, Stupid

There’s no place for Gazans to hide during Israeli strikes because there are no bomb shelters. If you read Anne Barnard’s New York Times dispatch, you might think it’s solely because of the nasty Israeli blockade of the Strip. Construction materials, we’re told, aren’t allowed in. Hemmed in by Israeli and Egyptian border restrictions, there’s

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Can We Call it a War, and What’s the Difference?

“Call it a crisis.” “Or a conflict. Or a campaign.” “But don’t call it a war. Not yet, anyway,” my editor said. “There’s a difference between a war and a conflict,” he said, though he didn’t elaborate. Operation Protective Edge at that point was only airstrikes, and we were on deadline. Deadline’s not a good

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Gaza Conflict Day 13: IDF Fatalities, Hamas Media Restrictions

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF suffered its first fatalities of Operation Protective Edge, and Israel’s second civilian was killed by a rocket. 20 year-old 1st Sgt Eitan Barak, of Herzliya; apparently killed by light arms fire. 20 year-old Staff Sgt Bania Roval of Holon; shot by a terrorist in a tunnel 21 year-old 2nd

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CNN Yanks Reporter For Calling Israelis Scum

CNN removed correspondent Diana Magnay after she called Israelis “scum” in a tweet (since removed). She was in Sderot, on a hill overlooking Gaza, watching Israeli airstrikes in the distance. Off camera, a crowd of Israelis watching the night-time action were cheering, which Magnay described. But Magnay got into trouble for posting a tweet calling

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Gaza Conflict Day 10: Rockets Found in UNRWA School

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UNRWA found 20 rockets in one of its Gaza schools. And they weren’t from the school’s science club either. Meanwhile, Patrick Martin of the Globe & Mail had a schoolyard lesson of his own  in Human Shields 101: Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets

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Gaza Conflict Day 9: First Israeli Fatality Laid to Rest

Original image: CC BY-SA flickr/gerlos Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** As today’s Israel Daily News Stream went to press, four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli airstrike witnessed by foreign journalists, including  The Guardian‘s Peter Beaumont and UK Channel 4′s Jonathan Miller, who tried to save the kids. More details at YNet. 1.

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Gaza Conflict Day 8: Hamas Rockets Wreck Ceasefire Initiative

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire initiative which Israel accepted this morning. A break in IDF air strikes to give peace a chance was met with continued Palestinian rocket fire, forcing Israel to resume operations. The truce was backed by the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority (with a twist), and the White House. According

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Gaza Conflict Day 7: Israel Downs Hamas Drone Over Ashdod

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel shot down a Palestinian drone flying over the coast near Ashdod. 2. Egypt’s offering Gaza aid, but not leverage, reports the Christian Science Monitor. And that has Smadar Perry commenting that Cairo’s Sisi regime is perfectly happy to let Gaza simmer while Israel pounds Hamas. The Egyptian media’s been vicious

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Gaza Conflict Day 6: Did Hamas Deliberately Attack Ramallah?

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a rocket a landed in Ramallah last night, the Globe & Mail‘s Patrick Martin suggests that Hamas deliberately fired at the PA. The notion that Palestinian militants in Gaza might fire on Palestinian authorities in Ramallah is certainly a new twist to the six-day rocket war being waged between Israel

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Gaza Conflict Day 3: Israel Calls on Palestinians to Evacuate Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Times of Israel: The Palestinian Authority took the first steps to formal membership in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Abbas did this while denouncing Israel’s military operations as “genocide.” Former ambassador Michael Oren explains why he’s worried: Abbas’s actions, including his threats to seek ICC membership so that he

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