Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Paris Terror: The Aftershocks

Paris Terror: The Aftershocks

Today’s Top Stories 1. A terrible weekend for French Jewry: on the heels of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a terrorist stormed the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, killing four hostages before being killed by police. World leaders converged on Paris to join a million-man march to show support for the victims. The Times of Israel

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Charlie Hebdo and the Day After

Today’s Top Stories 1. US Senators confirmed to Foreign Policy that Israel no longer has the PA’s back on US aid to the Palestinians. It’s a major Israeli shift. “I cannot tell you the number of times the Israelis have engaged me to try and stop an emotional reaction by the Congress to terminate aid

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Terrorists Storm Magazine HQ, Kill 12

Today’s Top Stories 1. Gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. As this roundup went to press, 12 people were confirmed dead. The unidentified gunmen are still at large. The Guardian‘s posting live updates. The magazine has had tense relations with Muslims since 2006, when it reprinted controversial Mohammed cartoons. Since then,

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Qatar to Expel Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israelis are battening down the hatches ahead of a big snowstorm. Jerusalem learned lessons after being shut down for week during from last year’s blizzard. The rest of the country‘s getting ready too, including the IDF, electric company, airport and railways. And what’s the Palestinian media saying about the weather? Expected

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Hezbollah Forced to Drastically Cut Spending

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas plans to resubmit the PA’s statehood resolution to the UN Security Council. But Haaretz reports that an unenthusiastic Jordan is angry with the Palestinians over the whole affair. Moreover, Palestinians frequently strive to receive pan-Arab support so as to wield pressure on Jordan, claiming the Jordanians are also under

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Israel Busts ISIS Terror Cell

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel busted an ISIS-affiliated terror cell in Hebron. Details at the Jerusalem Post. 2. Israel froze tax revenue transfers to the PA in retaliation for ICC membership bid. Most news services quoted Haaretz. We’re talking about “a half billion shekels (more than $127 million)” in sales tax and customs revenue on goods

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Abbas Applies for International Criminal Court Membership

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas signed the Rome Statute, requesting membership in the International Criminal Court. It paves the way for a possible war crimes probe of Israel by the International Criminal Court. The Israeli cabinet is meeting today to consider responses — presumably withholding tax transfers to the PA, rescinding Palestinian officials’ VIP

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UN Votes Down Statehood Resolution

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian statehood bid fell short in the UN Security Council, with a draft resolution failing to get the nine votes necessary to pass. The money quote from US Ambassador Samantha Power: “It is deeply imbalanced and contains many elements that are not conducive to negotiations between the parties, including unconstructive

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Palestinians Submit Statehood Bid to UN Security Council

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians submitted their draft statehood resolution to the UN Security Council late Monday night. According to the latest reports, the draft calls for a Palestinian state along the 1967 with eastern Jerusalem as the capital, and an Israeli withdrawal within three years. So what’s left to negotiate? The US State

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First Cracks in ISIS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. An Israeli delegation is reportedly in Egypt searching for the remains of IDF soldiers. i24 News picked up on Arab reports. According to sources there are 22 Israeli soldiers missing in action in Egypt, among them 16 soldiers who have disappeared during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, on top of the

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