Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Religious Trash Talk: Mitigating Palestinian Incitement?

Religious Trash Talk: Mitigating Palestinian Incitement?

Picking up on the Jerusalem mufti’s call of death to the Jews last week, the Christian Science Monitor examines “religious trash talk” by Palestinians and Jews, calling it a “trend” that is “going mainstream.” Problem is, there’s no evidence indicating that incitement has entered the Israeli mainstream. You know reporter Ben Lynfield stretches his thesis when the only

Iran Launches Another Satellite News Channel

Tehran’s charmlessly offensive “charm offensive” in Latin America continues with the launch of a 24-hour Spanish language news channel. At HispanTV‘s launching, Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivered the money quote: “Media has the power to shape the global public opinion, a capability that military power lacks,” he said. Oh so true. By the way, the

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/31/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sanctions on Iran constrain Israeli military action, Canadian “chutzpah” in Ramallah, and a study lauds Israel’s social resiliency during the Second Intifada. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • According to Haaretz, the government and

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A Stab at Editorial Transparency

The Guardian’s new blog, Newsdesk Live, looks like something worth keeping a half-eye on — especially on days when the paper’s bash-Israel coverage gets extra prominence. I’ll credit the paper for taking a stab at editorial transparency. In this blog, the paper’s editors explain the thought process behind the way they cover each day’s big stories, and

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/30/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Why are India and China so interested in a proposed Eilat-Ashdod railway? How did Israeli cyber-security rank so highly in a study? And what to make of reports that Syria’s first lady tried flee the country? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/29/2012

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Turkey’s “purchasing” Hamas, the Pentagon gears up for Iran — and why are Washington’s top lobbyists suddenly dropping lucrative Egyptian contracts? Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • As Abbas deep-sixes peace talks, the Christian Science

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/26/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Big Media ties the IDF’s hands, defector says Assad’s paying thousands of Iranian and Hezbollah snipers to kill protesters, and a Kiryat Shemona soccer team draws international attention. Click to help HonestReporting name this roundup! Burning Questions • Ronen Bergman asks, Will

Media Cheat Sheet 01/25/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The blame game gears up as peace talks in Jordan hit the rocks, Egypt frees an imprisoned pro-Israel blogger, and cyber terror’s still in the news. Join the Media Cheat Sheet Page on Facebook. Israel and the Palestinians • The Daily

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Why Is Saeb Erekat Now Refusing to Negotiate?

Palestinian delaying tactics are killing exploratory peace talks in Jordan. The Daily Telegraph‘s Con Coughlin explains how and why: Most people in the West believe the main reason the talks are not going anywhere is because of Israel’s refusal to compromise on its settlement building programme. But while the Netanyahu government’s insistence on building settlements

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