Author Archives: Pesach Benson


41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Suicide bombers struck Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Last I saw, reports said 41 killed and 239 injured. Nobody has claimed responsibility, but Turkish officials believe Islamic State was behind the terror attack. All the Israelis in the airport are accounted for and safe, and Israeli eyewitnesses described the carnage. And the Jerusalem Post


Turkey Accord Doesn’t End ICC Investigation of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Turkish diplomats signed an accord to re-normalize ties. The deal must now be approved by the Turkish parliament and Israeli cabinet. Expect it to pass, but not without a stormy debate in Jerusalem. Times of Israel coverage. Did nobody tell the UN Secretary General about the detente and the


It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Six years after the Mavi Marmara crisis, Israeli and Turkish Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildirim announced that they reached an agreement in Rome to re-normalize ties. The agreement will be signed tomorrow and then go to the Israeli cabinet and Turkish parliament for confirmation. See Times of Israel and Hurriyet coverage, and Haaretz‘s good


PLO: Jews Aren’t Poisoning Palestinian Wells After All

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PLO retracted a claim in last week’s speech that rabbis were instructing Jews to poison Palestinian wells. I was impressed with reporter Diaa Hadid’s healthy skepticism in the New York Times along with a link to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which continues peddling this anti-Semitic libel. AP and


Abbas Snubs Rivlin in Brussels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin in Brussels despite A) prodding from European officials B) Rivlin’s willingness for a little jaw-jaw, and C) Abbas’s history of claims that he’s willing to “immediately” meet with Israeli leaders. Rivlin called Abbas’s snub “strange.” So now Abbas


What Does Tomorrow’s Brexit Vote Mean for Israel?

Today’s Top Stories 1. What impact would Britain’s potential exit from the European Union have on the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts? Analysts talking to The Media Line were divided. Pollsters say the outcome of tomorrow’s referendum is too close to call.   2. According to reports coming out of Syria picked up by the Times of London,


A Night of Violence on Route 443

Today’s Top Stories 1. A mob of Palestinians poured oil on a section of Route 443 between Jerusalem and Modiin, then proceeded to throw firebombs and rocks at passing cars last night. Responding soldiers shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy and injured several others; the IDF later concluded that none of the injured Palestinians


Israel to Ratify Nuclear Test Ban Treaty?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Is Israel ready to ratify nuclear test ban treaty? 2. With both the Israeli and PA Presidents due to address the European Parliament this week, the question people are asking is, Will Reuven Rivlin and Mohammed Abbas meet in Brussels? 3. PA foreign ministry accused Israel of poisoning Palestinian wells. This


Egypt Sentences Al-Jazeera Reporters to Death

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt sentenced two Al-Jazeera reporters to death, and ex-president Mohammed Morsi to 25 years in prison. They, along with several other defendants, were charged with passing national security documents to Qatar and its flagship news station. See AP along with Al-Jazeera. The two Al-Jazeera employees – identified by the judge as