Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Is Turkey Reining in Hamas?

Is Turkey Reining in Hamas?

Today’s Top Stories 1. A computer virus associated with Israel targeted three European hotels while they were hosting Iranian nuclear talks. According to the Wall St. Journal (click via Google News): Researchers at the company acknowledge that many questions remain unanswered about how the virus was used and what information may have been stolen. Among the

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Jerusalem Passport Law

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US Supreme Court struck down a law ordering US passports to include the word “Israel” as place of birth for US citizens born in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post sums up the outcome of Zivotofsky vs. Kerry: The 6-3 split ruling was also a victory for the administration of US President

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Turkish Voters Bloody Erdogan’s Nose

Today’s Top Stories 1. Elections results are in and Turkey’s ruling AKP Party lost it’s parliamentary majority. As it remains the country’s largest party,  the question is what kind of governing coalition President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu can cobble together. Opposition leaders say they’ll push for early elections if AKP is unable

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Israel and Saudis Disclose Secret Talks on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. Orange CEO Stephane Richard walked back his comments about leaving Israel, but his Israeli affiliate, Partner Communications Ltd, called it a “smoke cloud” to win back public support. AFP sums up why Israelis aren’t buying Richard’s regrets Although the Orange boss said earlier this week the move was not political, his

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French Telecom Giant Cuts Ties With Israeli Subsidiary

Today’s Top Stories 1. The French telecom giant, Orange, severed ties with its Israeli subsidiary after CEO Stephane Richard provoked a firestorm by saying he’d cut ties with Israel “tomorrow” if not for the huge penalties that would be incurred. Israeli officials demanded the French government denounce Richard’s boycott call. Partner Communications Ltd, which operates Orange’s Israeli

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Jordan Clamors for Palestinian Soccer Chief’s Head

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jordanians are clamoring for Jibril Rajoub’s head amid claims the Palestinian soccer chief voted for Sepp Blatter instead of Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein for the position of FIFA president. Many Jordanians are calling for Rajoub to be banned from the country and his Jordanian citizenship revoked. Rajoub says he voted

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Israeli Airstrike in Eastern Lebanon?

Today’s Top Stories 1. As this roundup went to press, there were conflicting reports of an alleged Israeli airstrike in eastern Lebanon, near the Syrian border. It’s not yet clear what may have been targeted or if there were casualties. 2. Syrian Druze could flee to Israel as Assad may abandon them to ISIS. Israeli Druze

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What Reassurances Did the US Give the PA?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas continues cracking down hard on ISIS supporters. But if ISIS popularity continues to rise in Gaza, it could make for some interesting bedfellows, according to the Financial Times (click via Google News). Some regional analysts now speculate that, were Isis’s influence to expand further in Gaza or Egypt’s adjoining Sinai peninsula,

Palestinians Drop Bid to Kick Israel Out of World Soccer

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians dropped their bid to kick Israel out of international soccer. Haaretz describes the compromise that was reached with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) executives: Then, the Congress passed an amended version of the Palestinian proposal, which called for the formation of a committee to look into freedom of

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Will FIFA Scandal Undermine Palestinians?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The corruption scandal in FIFA (I liked how Vox explained this complicated story), punctuated by the arrest of seven high-level officials, will probably kill Palestinian efforts to kick Israel out of international soccer. The Jerusalem Post explains why: Suspending the Jewish state from international play would have rocked world soccer’s boat, inviting allegations

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