Author Archives: Pesach Benson

WikiLeaks: Media Relations, Hezbollah Style

We’ve known about Hezbollah’s media strong-arm tactics with Western journalists. Even Nic Robertson admitted during the 2006 Lebanon War that he was a tool of Hezbollah. Now WikiLeaks paints an even bleaker for Taher Abbas, a journalist with the misfortune of living in — of all places — Beirut’s Dahiya neighborhood, where Hezbollah is based.

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Palestinian Statehood: Fear and Loathing in Ramallah and the Diaspora

As Mahmoud Abbas pushes forward with his statehood gambit in the UN, there’s a growing unease among Palestinians that the effort will ultimately be a big setback. Commentaries by Khaled Abu Toameh and Mehdi Hasan reflect the anxiety that is prompting Abbas to deliver a speech in the coming days explaining his political strategy. Toameh is particularly

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September 1 Blogging

• Hezbollah’s opening a base in Cuba. YNet News, quoting Corriere della Sera, says the move is to facilitate an attack on an Israeli target in South America. All for the still-unavenged death of Imad Mughniyah: According to the report, three Hezbollah members have already arrived in Cuba with the purpose of establishing a terrorist

Things Your Media Watchdog Wants You To Know About Letters to the Editor (Part 4)

Keep your letter short. Space in print newspapers is valuable. It’s so precious, in fact, that the newspaper’s main commodity — news articles — are measured by words. Journalists and editors work with the word count. Editors and graphic artists work with column inches (as a rule of thumb, one column inch equals about 40 words). Space matters, therefore, each

Did Larry Derfner Deserve to Be Fired?

If you haven’t been following the furor of Larry Derfner’s take on the Eilat attacks and Palestinian terror, the Jerusalem Post fired the veteran columnist. The original commentary, “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror,” — published on Derfner’s personal blog – justified Palestinian terror: But while I think the Palestinians have the right to use

UK Arms Dealers Cash In on Arab Spring

The Times of London (paywall) reports that UK arms sales to the Mideast — primarily to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Libya (!?) — jumped 30 percent during the Arab Spring. We’re talking about £30.5 million worth of weapons sold between February and June: Weapons exported include those capable of being used for internal repression, such as

Sinai, The Next Somalia: By the Numbers

The Washington Post says Israel is giving more weight to Egyptian public opinion. Here’s one indication of where Egyptians are on Israel: Ahmad al-Shahat — who climbed 22 stories up the side of a building to pull down an Israeli flag from the roof of Israel’s embassy — was honored by a provincial governor with

Pro-Israel Blogoff Winner Receives iPad

HonestReporting’s proud to present Uri Gobey with an iPad for winning the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. Uri, who blogs as Israel Muse, beat out a pack of bloggers who all posted excellent commentaries, podcasts and videos. HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams, who was one of the competition’s judges, said: HonestReporting is all about getting supporters of Israel engaged

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