Israel Daily News Stream 05/07/2012


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

Palestinians launch campaign against “Israeli incitement.” Is Iran showing signs of fear? And which movement looks like the real loser of the Arab Spring?

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Israel and the Palestinians

CNN was one of the only news outlets to include an Israeli perspective in its coverage of the Palestinian hunger strikers. Also see HR’s latest communique on the New York Times coverage of the issue and HR’s Yarden Frankl’s short video response.

• Palestinian Government Media Center set to launch campaign against Israeli incitement against the Palestinians. No single quote from the article would do this campaign justice.

Elliot Abrams says Hamas is one of the losers in the Arab Spring, even with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

For one thing, Hamas has lost its long-time headquarters in Damascus due to the revolt in Syria. Those who worked there have scattered: Khaled Meshal (head of the Hamas politburo) to Doha, Qatar, and others to Cairo, Istanbul, and elsewhere. As a result, more power is centered in Gaza. An Israeli newspaper story this week carried this headline: “Meshal loses control of Hamas military wing as authority moves to Gaza.” Hamas is obviously undergoing significant internal strains. Moreover, to the extent that all of its key leaders are in Gaza they are all vulnerable to Israeli retaliation for any acts of terror they authorize.

This also means that the key leaders will be involved in governing Gaza, rather than sitting comfortably in exile plotting.

Haaretz report on testimony from an IDF commander, who says undercover Israeli soldiers threw stones in the general direction of uniformed soldiers as part of effort to quell large protest in Bil’in.

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