Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned


50 Killed in Sinai Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. 50 people were killed in Sinai terror attacks. Casualty figures that don’t distinguish between terrorists and their victims can imply a moral equivalence between terrorists and their victims, but in this case, Reuters says Egyptian officials haven’t offered any breakdown. With clashes continuing, Israel closed its border crossings with both Egypt and Gaza.


Four Israelis Wounded in Drive-By Shooting Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Overnight terror attack: Four Israelis injured in a West Bank drive-by shooting near Shvut Rachel. Security officials believe the attack was carried out by a terror cell and not an individual. Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, one of the four victims, is in critical condition. The Palestinian Authority  has not condemned the attack. 2.


Israel Intercepts Gaza Flotilla

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF intercepted the Gaza-bound Mariane without incident. The Swedish-flagged ship is now being taken to Ashdod. The activists and journalists aboard will be deported. There were local angles for papers in Vancouver, New Zealand, and Sweden. Two additional boats making their way to the Gaza coast turned back after the


Islamic Terror Strikes France, Tunisia, and Kuwait

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic terrorists struck France, Tunisia, and Kuwait this weekend, killing a combined 66 people. The French suspect, Yassin Salhi, was allegedly involved in an anti-Semitic attack in 2012. 2. As the deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks ticks down to June 30, press reports say negotiators will indeed stay past the


Aerial Drone From Gaza Crashes in Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. Could Israel hack Hezbollah’s rockets? 2. The US Senate passed legislation against efforts to boycott Israel. The language was piggybacked onto the Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which the White House is expected to sign into law. See Times of Israel coverage, plus the Jerusalem Post‘s background. 3. Just before this roundup


Will “Moral Minority” Reject UN’s Gaza Report?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli officials concede they can’t stop the UN Human Rights Council from adopting the Schabas report, so they’re focusing on getting a “moral minority” of democracies to vote against it and blunt its legitimacy. More at Haaretz and the Jerusalem Post. The latter adds: In general, the sense in Jerusalem is


The UN’s Gaza Report: Aftermath and Analysis

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the mainstream media react to the UN report on the Gaza war. For more on the  fallout and commentary see below. 2. Haaretz: In a secret meeting in Rome, Israeli and Turkish officials renewed reconciliation talks. Ties between Jerusalem and Ankara broke down in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara