Israel Daily News Stream 05/20/2012

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Iranian Atomic Urgency

Reuters: Ahmadinejad Keen to Attend London Olympics. So the Zionist Olympic logo that had the mullahs bent out of shape wasn’t a deal-breaker after all.

Arab Spring Winter

• The Free  Syrian Army claims it killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and President Assad’s brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat. Haaretz writes:

The report could not yet be confirmed, with a rebel spokesperson saying proof would be revealed in the coming hours. Syrian state television denied the report.

Rest O’ the Roundup

Jodi Rudoren examines the haredi draft controversy in a NY Times Sunday Review analysis.

According to The Independent‘s Donald Macintyre, the Prime Minister’s office “revels” in Time’s cover story.

Articles such as Mr Stengel’s of course not only reflect but also help to generate the BBC poll finding that only in the US has Israel’s popularity actually risen, with 50 per cent saying they view it positively . . .

Unsurprisingly, delighted aides to Mr Netanyahu distributed the article to Israeli journalists.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Rupert Murdoch’s considering dumping his troubled newspapers in order to salvage efforts to take over the BSkyB broadcaster. More at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Veteran journalist Arnaud de Borchgrave’s writings are under the microscope for plagiarism. Among the examples Salon notes is a Sept., 2011 column that appears to lift a passage from Electronic Intifada. Via Romenesko.

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