Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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PA Spins Lack of News on Arafat Inquiry

PA Spins Lack of News on Arafat Inquiry

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. International experts investigating the cause of Yasser Arafat’s death haven’t released their findings yet. But here’s how “informed Palestinian sources” spun the information vacuum to the Jerusalem Post: The officials

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5 Reasons Bibi’s UN Speech Called Out the NY Times

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the UN (video or transcript) included a reference to a NY Times staff-ed about a previous “diplomatic breakthrough” on North Korea’s nuclear program. Back in 2005, the Times wrote: For years now, foreign policy insiders have pointed to North Korea as the ultimate nightmare, the ongoing worst-case scenario for an

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Would Israel Distance Itself From US?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. After one year, the Palestinians have little to show for their upgraded UN observer status. The Globe & Mail looks at why (in order to give John Kerry’s peace talks

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Khamenei’s Nuclear Arms Fatwa Doesn’t Exist

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Lebanon is “about to award offshore oil and gas exploration licenses in areas that encroach on Israel’s exclusive economic zone,” reports Globes. What next? Beirut officials selling Tel Aviv timeshares?

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US-Iranian Thaw After PR Blitz

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani launched a charm offensive in the US which culminated in a phone call with President Obama. Tweets sharing details of the conversation were posted, then deleted,

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The 6 Questions About Paywalls You Were Afraid to Ask

I’ve received a few reader queries about newspaper paywalls: What are they? How do they work? Why do we link to paywalled articles in our critiques and Israel Daily News Stream? And how can readers get around them? 1. What’s a paywall? A paywall is a way of blocking Internet readers from reading a web

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Russian Initiative: How Enforceable Is It?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. How enforceable is Russia’s plan to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons? Col. Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, told the Jerusalem Post that Moscow’s plan

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Egyptian Tanks Cross Gaza No Man’s Land

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Assad’s scattering his chemical weapons to as many as 50 sites, and even preparing to hide more in Iraq. The movements of chemical weapons by Syria’s elite Unit 450 could

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US, Iran Edging Towards Direct Talks

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. The LA Times reports that the US and Iran are “moving behind the scenes toward direct talks.” President Obama reportedly reached out to Iran’s relatively moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, through

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Russian Peace Plan: The Fallout Begins

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. President Obama took his case for Syrian intervention to the public in a national address (video/transcript). See also the Wall St. Journal, which rounded up the highlights of the president’s

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