Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Welcome Home Gilad Shalit

After 1,941 days in captivity, Gilad Shalit’s finally on his way home.  It’s a bittersweet day. No prisoner swap can bring back Lt. Hanan Barak or Staff Sgt. Pavel Slutzker — the two soldiers killed as Shalit was abducted during that early morning attack on an IDF position at the Kerem Shalom crossing. The six families

5 Gilad Shalit Spin Games to Watch For

Israel and Hamas confirmed a deal to release Gilad Shalit within days. It’s a relief that there’s an end in sight. There will be plenty of debate about the wisdom of releasing terrorists, but the joy of Shalit back will be good news indeed. With Shalit to dominate headlines over the coming days, here are five spin

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Step Up For Israel Advocacy Summit

HonestReporting’s USA director, Gary Kenzer, is appearing at the Step for Israel Advocacy Summit. This event features blue ribbon speakers, workshops and an information fair. And it’s free. Where: Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus, 901 Rt 10, Whippany NJ When: Sunday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m. More info about speakers, workshops, and registration at Step

Media Cheat Sheet 10/11/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. News & Commentary • The Jerusalem Post obtained a document sent to Israeli envoys abroad spelling out some of the legal problems Palestinian statehood faces. It’s an important story; I expanded on but one of the points raised: Who is A Palestinian Citizen? • Ofcom (pdf

Legal Issues With Palestinian Statehood: Who Is a Palestinian Citizen?

The Jerusalem Post obtained a document sent to Israeli envoys abroad pointing out some of the legal challenges to Palestinian statehood. The doc’s based on the first article of Montevideo Convention, which spells out four legal requisites for statehood. The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: a ) a permanent population; b

Media Cheat Sheet 10/10/2011

Commentary • I’m starting off with a great Wall St. Journal staff-ed (click via Google News) about the “Cinderella story” of Daniel Shechtman’s chemistry research: Today, Mr. Shechtman’s observations have been fully validated and quasicrystals are beginning to have commercial applications. But his story is a reminder that a consensus of scientists is no substitute

Media Cheat Sheet 10/09/2011

Here’s today’s assessment of media coverage, issues and trends. I go through the papers so that the HonestReporting staff (and now you too) don’t have to. Commentary • Must-read: Amir Taheri (Asharq al-Awsat) persuasively asks if Palestine is a nation or a cause. He points out that neither Fatah nor Hamas describe themselves as “national”

Media Cheat Sheet 10/6/2011

Commentary • NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says Bibi is Israel’s own worst enemy, gives Bill Clinton a shout out. This particular snippet made my antennae twitch this morning: Some of my Israeli friends will think I’m unfair and harsh, applying double standards by focusing on Israeli shortcomings while paying less attention to those of other

Kristof Pleads Guilty to Double Standards

NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof pleads guilty to unfairly holding Israel to a higher standard. After saying that Palestinians in the West Bank should be allowed to vote in Israeli elections, Kristof explains: That’s what democracy means: people have the right to vote on the government that controls their lives. Some of my Israeli friends

Media Cheat Sheet 10/5/2011

Yesterday, I began blogging the daily media roundups I already prepare for the HonestReporting staff’s in-house use. It covers a lot of the issues, trends in coverage, and developments I see in the course of the day. Commentary • Brett Schaefer (National Review) says US should withhold funds from UNESCO if the organization accepts the

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