Tag Archives: Iran


The Iranian Deal and Doublethink

Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. She writes at Framing Israel. The substance of what’s wrong with the Iran deal (see here and here) can also be found in the uses and abuses of language surrounding the deal. It is hard to reconcile that the leaders of


Hamas Sending Fighters to Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure and rocket stockpiles with material smuggled into Gaza from Israel. Israel? According to the Times of Israel, Hamas is taking advantage of dual-use materials brought by trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and a network of West Bank and Gaza merchants. Tunnel excavators find refrigerator motors


Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the


Big Media Responds to the Iran Nuke Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Big Media responds to the Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary. 2. Are secret Israel-PA contacts and calming measures cooling down the West Bank? According to the Times of Israel: Palestinian measures have included halting, for the time being, applications to join UN agencies and other international


Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned


Israel Intercepts Gaza Flotilla

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF intercepted the Gaza-bound Mariane without incident. The Swedish-flagged ship is now being taken to Ashdod. The activists and journalists aboard will be deported. There were local angles for papers in Vancouver, New Zealand, and Sweden. Two additional boats making their way to the Gaza coast turned back after the


Rebels Surround Druze Village Near Israeli Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Khader, a Syrian Druze village near the Israeli border was surrounded by rebel forces.  (Spellings vary if you Google the name.) A smaller scale drama is taking place at a Druze enclave in the village of Khader, adjacent to the border with Israel. Opposition forces have now taken over two Syria


Supreme Court Strikes Down Jerusalem Passport Law

Today’s Top Stories 1. The US Supreme Court struck down a law ordering US passports to include the word “Israel” as place of birth for US citizens born in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Post sums up the outcome of Zivotofsky vs. Kerry: The 6-3 split ruling was also a victory for the administration of US President