Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Abbas and Palestine Spring Are an Oxymoron

Brendan O’Neill doesn’t agree with the Palestine Spring Mahmoud Abbas has declared as part of his statehood push. After seeing headlines like AP‘s, I tweeted a similar reaction yesterday. But it’s more telling when the sentiment is made by a self-described Palestinian supporter like O’Neill. He writes at Australia’s ABC News: Two phenomena seem to be fuelling Abbas’s

EJC to Reuters: Fire the Journo Who Sent Pro-Palestinian Email

The European Jewish Congress was recently roiled by a message allegedly from the Reuters email address of Svebor Kranjc, a Dutch camerman and picture editor, supporting the Palestinian statehood bid. According to the Jerusalem Post, the email — which was responding to an EJC press release against the unilateral Palestinian statehood push — said: “I

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BBC Cool With Abbas Rejection of Peace

When Israel opposes some diplomatic initiative, it never fails: headlines label Israel as rejectionist, obstructionist, moving the goal posts, etc. So when Mahmoud Abbas rejected international diplomacy in his UN speech, what was the BBC’s headline? Contrast that with AP: So which headline’s more accurate? We put together word clouds of the Abbas and Netanyahu speeches

The Drift of Clinton’s Blame Game

UPDATE Sept. 24, 10:40 pm: Bibi responded to Bubba in an interview with ABC’s David Muir. And Ed Morrissey comments: If [the Palestinians] want the deal Arafat rejected, then come back to the table and propose it. Elliott Abrams raises another point: Clinton also failed to note what Israel has done under Netanyahu to help

Unspinning Today’s Media

• Prof. Saree Makdisi opposes the statehood bid. After echoing Guy Goodwin-Gill’s concerns, Makdisi attacks the Palestinian leadership’s mandate: These worries are not unfounded if one considers the Palestinian politicians preparing the statehood bid: the venal clique surrounding Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority “president” whose term expired almost three years ago. Abbas and his circle

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The Palestinian Statehood Push and ICC Jurisdiction

An upgraded statehood status in the UN gives the Palestinians entree for lawfare against Israel in the International Criminal Court. How bad do the Palestinians want to wage a legal war? In 2009, the PA accepted ICC jurisdiction for “war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide” even though it isn’t a state. In The Weekly

Monday Morning Reading

What to read before the work day begins? • Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors — Turkey’s foreign minister foresees Israel and Syria isolated by Egyptian-Turkish “Axis of Democracy.” • Abbas’ UN Fantasy – Ambassador Ron Prosor on why negotiations are the only way to statehood. • Palestinians May Win a Vote, But They

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