Palestinians Don’t Own Their National Movement Like They Used To

Sinai-Gaza Terror Ties

Did Mohammed Morsi negotiate a lull with Sinai jihadis?

Did an Israeli drone kill a Sinai jihadi?

Before the Rafah attack, did Mohammed Morsi release from prison several jihadis involved in it?

Israel and the Palestinians

Why is this man smiling?

After the flap of calling for Mahmoud Abbas’ ouster, The Media Line asks one obvious question:

Is Avigdor Lieberman a Loose Cannon or a Bad Cop?

• The latest “flytilla” was an abject failure. Two busloads of activists tried and failed to enter the West Bank from Jordan. AFP coverage. ‘Nuff said.

Arab Spring Winter

The latest big-name defection was a major blow to Bashar Assad’s spin doctors. Ola Abbas was a veteran news anchor for Syrian state-controlled news — and an ethnic Alawite as well. Now safe in Paris, Abbas described to Der Spiegel the Orwellian propaganda machine. I elaborated on the story earlier today.

Syrian rebels shot down a military helicopter flying over Damascus. The Daily Telegraph has video footage.

CNN rounds up the latest developments from Syria.

Rest O’ the Roundup

Jerusalem Post: Nitzan Chen took over as director of the Government Press Office. I think a journalism background for the position is a good idea.

Chen served recently as chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, and before that accumulated 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist with Channel 1, serving as a parliamentary correspondent, editor and settlements reporter.

One of the most memorable public moments involving Chen was in March 1999, when Shas spiritual leader Ovadia Yosef kicked him out of a press conference at Arye Deri’s house because he started to ask a question about Deri’s bribery and breach of trust convictions.

Draw your own conclusions from the farewell column of NY Times readers rep, Arthur Brisbane:

I also noted two years ago that I had taken up the public editor duties believing “there is no conspiracy” and that The Times’s output was too vast and complex to be dictated by any Wizard of Oz-like individual or cabal. I still believe that, but also see that the hive on Eighth Avenue is powerfully shaped by a culture of like minds — a phenomenon, I believe, that is more easily recognized from without than from within.

For anyone who’s interested, The Guardian‘s readers’ editor, Chris Elliott finally comments on the Josh Trevino affair.

(Image of Lieberman via Flickr/US Embassy Tel Aviv)

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