Israel Daily News Stream 03/15/2012

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Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast.

Sporadic rocket fire continues from Gaza. Papers publish Assad’s leaked emails. Two polls draw polar opposite conclusions about American support for an Israeli attack on Iran. But why?

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 HonestReporting’s exposure of the UN connection for Khulood Badawi’s false photo tweets continues drawing media scrutiny. Sheera Frenkel of McClatchy News picked up on the story.

 Despite truce, sporadic Palestinian rocket fire continues. Schools closed in Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malakhi and Gan Yavneh. Details at Haaretz. Today, a rocket landed a few meters from a school in Netivot while students were learning. Nobody was hurt, but parents rushed to bring their kids home.

More on today’s rockets at YNet, Haaretz, and JPost.

Netivot cleans up after rocket last night. One Israeli was injured.

Daniel Schwammenthal (The Commentator) fisks The Economist‘s take on Israel’s “Auschwitz complex.” At least the magazine apologized for the original inappropriate headline.

 The Netherlands won’t approve EU report on Israeli settlers

George Hale

Still pinning your hopes on a Palestinian Spring? See Newsweek, where George Hale buries any lingering illusions. Leading moderates are bailing out of Gaza before Hamas comes looking for them. Hale is an editor at Maan News.

Several prominent critics of Hamas have departed the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, relocating abroad nearly one year since grassroots activists launched a popular movement to democratize Palestinian politics and re-unite the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

The failure of the so-called March 15 movement to end the division between Fatah and Hamas has wreaked havoc on freedom of speech and the press for residents of the occupied territories, who continue to be ruled by rival regimes.  The news agency I work for, Maan, is no exception.

Read the rest of the article for Hale’s observations on Gaza’s atrocious press freedom.

Iranian Atomic Urgency

Two surveys released this week show polar opposite results. One puts American support for an Israeli attack on Iran at 25 percent, the other at 62 percent. Why such divergence? It’s all in the question.

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The above is how Haaretz chose to illustrate the tensions in U.S.-Israel relations. This cartoon by Amos Biderman is offensive ...