Backspin articles

IDF briefing on Lebanon border events

The IDF released this statement to the press today: Chronological list of events along Israel’s northern border in which Israeli civilians and/or soldiers were killed since the IDF pullout of Lebanon in 2000: In all, including today’s incident, 13 Israeli soldiers were killed (and 53 others wounded) and 6 civilians were killed (and 14 others

Pipes on Palestinian Chaos

Daniel Pipes addresses the Palestinian Authority’s possible collapse, and the matter that lies at the heart of it all: The question now facing Palestinians is whether they have learned the right lessons from their bitter experience. That for once they are not blaming Israel for their problems gives some reason for optimism. Cox News Service

Bayefsky on UCJ decision

Columbia University Professor Anne Bayefsky, who delivered an outstanding speech to the UN a short while ago, now responds to the UCJ decision condemning Israel’s security fence. Bayefsky stresses that the implications of the UN court’s decision reach far beyond Israel: The Court has declared four new rules about the meaning of the right of

Call for Arafat’s resignation

MEMRI translates a remarkably frank call for Arafat’s resignation in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: In the Palestinian Authority there are 12 security apparatuses, and their number has nothing to do with security but with the fact that there are 12 people who must each be given a security apparatus so they will be

Worth reading today

* Responding to the current crisis in the PA, David Gerstman recounts the media’s take on Arafat’s popularity. * Caroline Glick on the role of the media in the larger War against Terror: the ability to harness the media and to control the images of the war is one of the chief components of the

Stockholm Syndrome redux

Four French aid workers were abducted and taken hostage by Palestinians in Gaza on Friday, then released a few hours later. Were they angry? Resentful? Naw…said one: “I was very well treated. I was given water and I was comfortable in a room…They said they considered us as friends.” There’s a real pattern of the

Third-party censorship

[Via Josh Harvey:] David Bernstein points out that the NYTimes can’t even bear to acknowledge that Israel calls terrorists ‘terrorists’: “In Israeli cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa, it is possible now to forget about the conflict, at least for a time. But on this side of the barrier, the conflict suffuses life. In June,