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Support for Israel remains strong after Gaza conflict

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00pm
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In July, in the early part of the Gaza conflict, Pew Research came out with a survey indicating that support among Americans for Israel’s actions in Gaza was strong overall and consistent...

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Anti-Israel “progressives” enraged at Elizabeth Warren

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 29, 2014 at 3:04pm
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Now I come to praise Elizabeth Warren.

Warren long has made sense when it comes to the Middle East, in her strong support of Israel and her understanding of the neighborhood in which Israel lives. Whatever her other positions, we should at least acknowledge when she is right.

And she did so...

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Netanyahu: Israel won, Hamas lost

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:01pm
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Israelis Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, just held a press conference.

Netanyahu, facing increasing criticism at home, laid out the case why the Gaza conflict was a success: Hamas lost 5-7 years of military tunnel and rocket build-up, over...

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Why is the media so biased against Israel? Let us count the ways

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:24pm
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Three recent articles have critiqued the media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the context of Operation Protective Edge.

Previously, I covered Richard Behar’s takedown of reporting from Israel in Forbes and yesterday Prof. Jacobson highlighted

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U.N. Kangaroo Commission II assembled to investigate Israel and Gaza

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00pm
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has appointed a former New York State judge, Mary McGowan Davis to be the third commission member to investigate possible war crimes that might have occurred during Operation Protective Edge. The commission is to be headed by Prof. William Schabas.

UN Watch reports:

The President of...

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Gaza ceasefire announced (Live Updates and Video)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 12:41pm
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Another Gaza ceasefire has been announced, this time without a time limit.

Via The Times of Israel:

Army Radio quotes “the most senior and official” Israeli government source confirming that Israel has accepted the Egyptian proposal for an open-ended truce.

The official says the terms do not include any response to Hamas demands, including...

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The most important article on anti-Israel media bias you’ll read anytime soon

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 9:21am
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I hate when people refer to a column as “important,” because the reality is that few columns are important in the real world.

But I consider the column at The Tablet written by former AP Middle East reporter Matti Friedman to be important.

Readers have been emailing and tweeting the link...

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More media cover-up for Hamas exposed

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:14am
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Slowly, we have seen numerous accounts of how Hamas intimidated foreign journalists into not covering Hamas’ use of facilities such as Shifa Hospital and firing of rockets close to hospitals, apartment buildings, religious compounds and U.N. facilities.

But it has come slowly, and mostly after reporters had left Gaza.

And only after reporters...

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Iran says shot down Israeli drone over nuke facility

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3:45pm
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Numerous news organizations are reporting today that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claims to have shot down an Israeli drone as the drone approached the Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Reuters reports:

The Revolutionary Guards said of the drone incursion: “This wily act further exposed the Zionist regime’s adventurous temperament and added yet another...

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What’s the difference between anti-Israel protesters in London and Chicago?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:52pm
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Nothing, really.

Ignorance. Hate. Demonization. You name it.

You’ll find it in London, Chicago, and just about anywhere you find anti-Israel street protests.

From London, via Harry’s Place, which has even more videos:

From Chicago, where a pro-Israel fundraiser hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanual and former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren...

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All the News That’s Fit for Hamas

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:55pm
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At his Muckraker column at Forbes, The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War, investigative journalist Richard Behar exposes many of the problems – really scandals – with the MSM reporting on Gaza.

Though he focuses a lot on The New York Times, he focuses on...

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Three senior Hamas commanders killed, fate of Mohammed Deif uncertain

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:42pm
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Following up on an airstrike that hit the house of terror mastermind Mohammad Deif, Israel killed three Hamas commanders last night. Raed al-Attar, Mohammad Abu Shmallah and Mohammad Barhoum. While there are still conflicting accounts as to whether Deif was killed or not, including a disappearing death certificate; three of his...

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#BlockTheBoat – Once again BDS tells us it’s about destroying Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:55am
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We have seen how on Twitter, and on the streets of Europe and elsewhere, the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement tells us how they really feel.

And how they really feel is that Israel must be destroyed. That’s not, of course, what they and their compatriots as groups like Jewish...

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Mohammed Deif – Dead or Alive?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:05am
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Mohammed Deif is the head of Hamas’ military wing.

Israel has made several attempt to assassinate him over the years, injuring but not killing him.

The latest was last night, but Deif’s fate is unknown:

Hundreds of Palestinians turned out on Wednesday for the funeral of the wife...

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Rocket fire from Gaza, ceasefire talks over? (Live Updates and Video)(Update: Fighting Resumes)

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:43am
Rockets fired from Gaza civilian area at Israel

Update: Looks like the fighting is on again after Hamas and/or other Gaza groups started firing rockets into Israel even before the prior truce was over. The question is, how much will it escalate? More updates and coverage in live video and Twitter feeds at bottom of post:

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Israel: Hamas Planned West Bank Coup of Palestinian Authority

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Israeli newspapers are reporting on the just disclosed coup attempt by Hamas to dislodge Fatah in the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reported:

The Shin Bet said it arrested...

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Hamas: We intimidated reporters into not covering rocket firing

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00am
Hamas Spokeswoman Intimidate Reporters Gaza

Israel and its supporters have argued for some time that the news media give a skewed view of Operation Protective Edge because reporters in Gaza are intimidated by Hamas.

Perhaps one of the most blatant examples was the disappearing tweet of The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Casey, showing a member of Hamas...

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