Tag Archives: Matti Friedman


Israel, Hezbollah De-Escalate

Israel, Hezbollah De-Escalate

Today’s Top Stories 1. The guns went silent along the northern border a day after Israel and Hezbollah traded fire. Israel received a message from UNIFIL that Hezbollah isn’t interested in further escalation. Spain blamed Israeli fire for the death of Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, a Spanish member of UNIFIL who died of wounds


The 2014 Dishonest Reporting Awards: Why the Gaza War Correspondents Won

2014 Dishonest Reporter Award: Gaza War Correspondents We asked HonestReporting readers to choose this year’s Dishonest Reporter award, and the consensus “winner” was the New York Times. There were many valid reasons to go with the popular choice (more on that here). But the more we considered the saturation coverage of the 50-day conflict, the


Israeli Airstrikes Hit Syrian, Hezbollah, Targets

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Syrian opposition sources, yesterday’s Israeli airstrikes destroyed anti-aircraft missiles and drones belonging to Hezbollah. Installations near Damascus International Airport and the town of Dimas were hit. See Jerusalem Post coverage and Amos Harel commentary, while Ron Ben-Yishai examines the Iranian fingerprints. There was no official Israeli comment on the raid.


Fact-Checking AP’s Denial of Censorship

This week, former Associated Press journalist Matti Friedman leveled some serious charges of censorship, omissions, and systematic bias against the wire service. AP spokesman Paul Colford quickly issued a denial. But that denial is unraveling in the face of fact-checking. One of Friedman’s biggest accusations is that AP reporters were banned from quoting Professor Gerald Steinberg, who founded


Israel Sliding Towards Early Elections

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Likud party agreed to dissolve the government and move to early elections. Things could still change, but the likelihood too high to ignore. The Times of Israel explains in a nutshell: The preliminary vote on the dissolution bills will take place Wednesday, with the third and final vote formally setting


Can UNESCO Save Jewish Heritage Sites From ISIS?

Today’s Top Stories 1. UNESCO seeks to save Jewish sites in Iraq from ISIS destruction. But will a plan come together in time to save the tombs of the Biblical prophets, Ezekiel, Daniel and Nahum? More at Israel HaYom. 2. Kurdish source cast doubt on reports that Canadian-Israeli citizen Gill Rosenberg was captured by ISIS,


Iran Seeks Nuclear Flexibility For Help Against ISIS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian-Jordanian journalist Mudar Zahran discussed the Gaza war with regular Palestinians. Everyone was fearful of Hamas and spoke anonymously about the extent the general population was used as a human shield. The whole story’s worth reading; this snippet in particular caught my eye: One, a renowned Gazan academic, who spoke on


Jihadis Divided Over Alan Henning Abduction?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN says it brokered a deal between Israel and the PA to rebuild Gaza. The New York Times was the only paper I saw stressing the agreement is temporary. If the agreement unravels down the road, what would you think if all you knew was what you saw in today’s BBC