Author Archives: Pesach Benson


EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

EU To Target Israeli Banks Over Settlements?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s next steps against Israeli settlements could go beyond labeling imports. Reuters reports that the European Council of Foreign Relations, a think thank influential among EU policymakers, suggests targeting Israeli financial institutions over their activities in the West Bank: But the new proposals would go much deeper and further, reaching into


EU Brainstorms Next Mideast Peace Moves

Today’s Top Stories 1. Over Israeli objections, a controversial Hamas-linked organization got UN accreditation as a recognized non-governmental organization. UN Watch unpacked the incitement of the UK-based Palestine Return Center in posts one and two. And Sarah Marusek and David Miller further lay out The Case Against the PRC. 2. The Iranian accord will bury any chance


Hamas Sending Fighters to Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure and rocket stockpiles with material smuggled into Gaza from Israel. Israel? According to the Times of Israel, Hamas is taking advantage of dual-use materials brought by trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and a network of West Bank and Gaza merchants. Tunnel excavators find refrigerator motors


Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the


Iran Accords: The Aftermath

Today’s Top Stories 1. The scrutiny and spin games continue as White House sells Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary. 2. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Israeli special forces were responsible for the 2008 assassination of Brigadier General Mohammed Suleiman. “We’ve had access to Israeli military communications for some


Big Media Responds to the Iran Nuke Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Big Media responds to the Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary. 2. Are secret Israel-PA contacts and calming measures cooling down the West Bank? According to the Times of Israel: Palestinian measures have included halting, for the time being, applications to join UN agencies and other international


Israel Condemns Iran Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. International diplomats reached a nuclear agreement with Iran which Israel opposes. See below for a roundup of what’s been disclosed and dissected. The spin games kicked off too. See HonestReporting’s critique: BBC Shocker: “Iran Not a Threat to Israel”.   2. According to Egyptian media reports, several Turkish intelligence operatives in the


Clock Ticks Down on Nuke Talks Deadline

Today’s Top Stories 1. I don’t know what’s happening in Vienna, but an announcement that a nuclear agreement has been reached probably won’t be in the offing by the time you read this roundup. The talks will continue even as an agreement remains elusive. According to AP, diplomats are still snagged on A) attempts to probe


Diplomats Extend Nuke Talks As Iranians Burn Flags

Today’s Top Stories 1. Unable to seal the deal, diplomats in Vienna extended the deadline on the Iranian nuclear talks to Monday. A source told AFP that “98 percent of the text is done.” According to Ehud Yaari, the agreement is essentially finished with the US reportedly blinking. Snap inspections are out, managed inspections are in.


Two Israelis Missing in Gaza

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two Israelis disappeared in Gaza. The disclosure came after Haaretz got a gag order lifted. Hamas captured 28-year-old Avraham (Avera) Mengistu, a mentally ill Ethiopian Jew, after he climbed over the border fence last September. The second man, a Bedouin whose name has not been released, entered Gaza through the Erez