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Media Cheat Sheet 01/05/2012

Media Cheat Sheet 01/05/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Ehud Olmert indicted, Syrians heap scorn on international observers, and Turkish politicians jockey for position amid reports that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cancer. Arab Spring Winter • Irish Times correspondent Michael Jansen gets the big picture: Instead of flowering into multiparty

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/04/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Face to face peace efforts resumed, Syrian rebels say they kidnapped five Iranians, and the White House juggles how to engage the Muslim Brotherhood. Israel and the Palestinians • Israeli and Palestinian representatives Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat met in Amman yesterday

Hamas: Israel Doesn’t Occupy Gaza

Hamas confirms that Gaza’s not occupied by Israel. YNet News quotes Mahmoud Zahar: “Popular resistance is inappropriate for the Gaza Strip,” al-Zahar said. “Against whom exactly would be rally? Such resistance would be fitting if Gaza was occupied.” However, he claimed that all forms of resistance – including the armed kind – are appropriate for

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/03/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hamas confirms that Israel doesn’t occupy Gaza, Assad’s desperately appeasing Hamas, and a Belgian newspaper apologizes for a Mideast map that omitted Israel. Visit Backspin everyday — and never miss another cheat sheet. Israel and the Palestinians • Lead Screed: Boston

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/02/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Midast. The PLO has an agressive 2012 diplomatic war up its sleeves, Hezbollah defies common sense with another show of support for Bashar Assad, and Turkey’s putting the finishing touches on a new spy satellite. How concerned should Israel be? Israel and

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Media Cheat Sheet 01/01/2012

Everything you need to know about the weekend media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. An embarrassed Arab League weighs pulling its monitors out of Syria; Google’s investing a lot of money in Israeli start-ups, but it may not be good news. And Gadaffi’s daughter raises eyebrows by hiring an Israeli lawyer. Israel and the

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/29/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Iran bangs the war drums with “strait” talk. Arab League monitors in Syria are losing credibility. And why so many long faces at a gathering of Israeli envoys? Israel and the Palestinians • Haaretz reports that the Palestinians have offered to

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/28/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. A Palestinian diplomat responds to Newt Gingrich with a dubious take on national identity. And Arab League peace monitors in Syria are led by a Sudanese general who presided over the founding of the Janjaweed. Israel and the Palestinians • The PLO envoy

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PLO Envoy: Canaanites Were Occupiers Too

If Newt Gingrich’s comments about Palestinian identity weren’t explosive enough, a PLO diplomat makes a counter-argument that’s an absolute bombshell. Maen Rashid Areikat, the PLO’s chief representative in the US, says the Palestinians pre-dated the Canaanites in a Washington Post op-ed: We lived under the rule of a plethora of empires: the Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines,

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