Historian Rips New York Times for Recycling Ben-Gurion ‘Myth’

An American-Israeli historian criticized New York Times reporter Max Fisher last week for recycling a “myth” that Israel’s founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion fretted the Jewish state’s occupation of territories won in the 1967 war would undermine its democratic principles.

Israel-Syrian Border Heats Up as Assad Pounds Rebels

Smoke rises above opposition held areas of the Daraa province during airstrikes by Syrian regime forces

As Bashar al-Assad retakes southwestern Syria, Israel is concerned. On July 1, the IDF moved tanks and artillery to the Golan border, a signal to the Syrian president to proceed with caution. To ensure the message was received, the Israeli army uncharacteristically announced the military reinforcement. The Jewish state seeks to ensure several red lines: 1) that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah leave Syria; 2) that Assad honors the 1974 Agreement on Disengagement; and 3) that a horde of refugees doesn’t storm its border.

Iranian Protesters Swarm Streets Chanting, ‘Death to Palestine’

Iranian civilian protestors, in a surprising turn of events in the country, are taking to the streets to express opposition to the hardline ruling regime by chanting, “Death to Palestine” and “Leave Syria, think of us,” according to an independent translation of videos showing the protests.