Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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

Fright of Return: 3 Reasons Why the Palestinians Aren’t Likely to Make Successful Transition to Statehood

The fright of return strikes as the PLO ambassador’s  ambassador to Lebanon says refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state. Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah told the Daily Star: The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They

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The Story Behind Our Video

Perhaps the biggest media myth is that Israel and its leaders simply aren’t interested in peace. The seeds of our new video, Don’t Be Misled – Israel Wants Peace go back one year ago this month. That’s when Time magazine blared on its cover, Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace. Outraged readers gave Time the grand prize: the

It’s the Anti-Semitism, Stupid

If you don’t believe that the Cairo-Jerusalem meltdown is fueled by Egyptian anti-Semitism, take note:  BBC reporter Thomas Dinham describes How I was subject of anti-Semitic abuse in Cairo. The reaction from his attacker is chilling: While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over. Turning

Syria Exposes Israel-NATO-Al Jazeera Axis of Evil

Syria’s state-run Addounia TV “exposes” the tremendous effort Al-Jazeera’s taking to fabricate the Syrian uprising. We’re talking about enormous replicas of Syrian cities and public squares, staged defections and battles. The broadcast gets even juicier: Israel, the US and the Syrian opposition are in on this conspiracy to provide a pretext for Israel and NATO

Johann Hari Apologizes, Takes Leave From Indy

Johann Hari apologized for the way he handled interview quotes. Unlike his previous apology, Hari also says he’s taking an unpaid leave of absence from The Independent to brush up on Journalism 101, undertaking to footnote his online articles, and returning his Orwell Prize. Hari also confesses to some sock puppetry on Wikipedia: The other thing

Palestinian State Should be Judenrein, Part 2

A post script on this morning’s blog post about a PLO ambassador saying that the Palestinian state being discussed in the UN should be judenrein. Maen Areikat, the PLO ambassador to the US was responding to a question by the Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein. The Weekly Standard notes that the ambassador also ducked a question

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