Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/08/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. How is Big Media reacting to Palestinian unity? What does UN disarray on Syria mean for Israel and Iran? And why is the BBC telling its staff to handle an Al-Qaida cleric extra nonjudgmentally? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel

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Media Cheat Sheet 02/07/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hackers attack Assad’s office and leak documents to Haaretz for eye-opening revelations. Talking heads advise Israel on Iran. And is it time to send Judge Goldstone to Syria? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians •

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Israel Releases Images Online: Why It Matters

Good news for Israel’s online activists: Israel’s releasing its national photo collection from copyright restrictions. It opens up some new graphic opportunities for anyone struggling to find the right royalty free image. The LA Times writes: Images of key figures, pivotal moments and just plain interesting photographs documenting Israel’s history will now be freely available for

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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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