Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Time Brings Hamas In From the Cold

Time Brings Hamas In From the Cold

The mainstreaming of Hamas continues thanks to the obtuse dispatches of journos like Time‘s Karl Vick. The chief of the Palestinian party and militia, which the West knows chiefly for its suicide attacks on Israel, has declared repeatedly that it has decided to set aside violent resistance and, in the spirit of the Arab Spring,

Back to LiftaLand

A judge struck down Israeli plans to develop Lifta, an abandoned Arab village on Jerusalem’s northwestern outskirts. Haaretz reports: The appellants had claimed the plan would deprive the former residents – some of whom are still living in East Jerusalem – of their rights to properties they left behind when fleeing the area in 1948.

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/06/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hamas and Fatah agree on national unity (again), cheap talk dominates Israel-Iran debate, and gunmen storm two Yemeni newspapers — they even brought their own journalists along. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • Meeting in Qatar,

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/05/2012

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Blood flows in Homs while the UN remains deadlocked, Hezbollah shells Free Syrian Army positions, and US officials don’t seem to know if/when Israel will strike Iran. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Quote of

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/02/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. China flirts with Israel, pressure on Russia over Syria continues, and a photo purportedly of an IDF soldier pointing a gun at a kid is a hoax. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • The Israeli

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/01/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Iran launches another satellite news network, more embarrassing revelations as humanitarian observer team’s Syria report is leaked, and Russia finally feels some heat for giving diplomatic cover to Assad. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • Juxtaposing these two

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Religious Trash Talk: Mitigating Palestinian Incitement?

Picking up on the Jerusalem mufti’s call of death to the Jews last week, the Christian Science Monitor examines “religious trash talk” by Palestinians and Jews, calling it a “trend” that is “going mainstream.” Problem is, there’s no evidence indicating that incitement has entered the Israeli mainstream. You know reporter Ben Lynfield stretches his thesis when the only

Iran Launches Another Satellite News Channel

Tehran’s charmlessly offensive “charm offensive” in Latin America continues with the launch of a 24-hour Spanish language news channel. At HispanTV‘s launching, Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivered the money quote: “Media has the power to shape the global public opinion, a capability that military power lacks,” he said. Oh so true. By the way, the

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/31/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sanctions on Iran constrain Israeli military action, Canadian “chutzpah” in Ramallah, and a study lauds Israel’s social resiliency during the Second Intifada. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • According to Haaretz, the government and

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