The Day In Israel: Sunday Aug 22nd, 2010

Israel has reacted to the fueling up of Iran’s first nuclear power plant at Bushehr yesterday.

BushehrIsrael on Saturday denounced Iran’s fueling up of its first nuclear power plant as “totally unacceptable” and called for more international pressure to force Tehran to cease any uranium enrichment.

Israel, widely assumed to be the only Middle East country to have nuclear weapons, has said a nuclear-armed Iran would be a threat to its existence, raising concerns Israel could attack Iran’s nuclear sites.

In a statement issued after the Islamic Republic celebrated the launch of its reactor in Bushehr, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yossi Levy said: “It is totally unacceptable that a country that so blatantly violates resolutions of the (United Nations) Security Council, decisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency and its commitments under the NPT (non-proliferation treaty) should enjoy the fruits of using nuclear energy.”

“The international community should increase pressure on to force Iran to abide by international decisions and cease its enrichment activities and its construction of reactors,” Levy said.

The United States, Israel and some other Western countries fear Iran’s nuclear is aimed at produce atomic weapons. Iran says it wants nuclear power solely for energy production.

Meanwhile, Iran’s threat against the world if attacked indicates the cause for concern with their nuclear program to begin with.

Earlier Saturday, Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised a global response if his country is attacked.

“Our options will have no limits… They will touch the entire planet,” he said.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

7:26PM: RIP Gaza’s “Crazy Water” water park? (hat tip: Michael).

Hamas ordered the “Crazy Water,” water park in Gaza closed due to men and women mixing at parties held in the park, Israel Radio reported on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the Hamas government claimed that the park was actually closed for only three days, because it did not have a proper permit. “Men and women are mixed throughout Gaza,” the spokesperson said. “The closing is just a warning.”

3:15PM: Irish Israeli supporter Cliona Campbell has hit back at an anti-Israel tool who called her a “brainwashed, ill-educated grunt” (see final update).

2:40PM: Let the direct talks begin!

1:20PM: Introducing the Zionist-Conspiracy-O-Matic.

11:18AM: Here is Itay Shechter’s “Yamulke” goal during the Hapoel Tel Aviv vs Red Bull Salzburg Champions League qualifying soccer match.

Believe it or not, he received a yellow card for this.

After scoring the third goal for his team, Shechter pulled one of his half a kippah (cap worn by Jewish ritual), it was placed on his head and ran to the center court, where he knelt and began to pray. After that, the match referee, the Portuguese Pedro Proença took out a yellow card.

The Israeli daily Jewish Chronicle, the Austrian public protested the festivities to consider it as an act of provocation. The Israeli player said he did so because a fan presented him with a yarmulke and made a promise to put it if you score a goal.

“I had no intention to provoke anyone, just in how the entire Jewish people, watching the game on television, would be happy,” said the striker.

10:00AM: How Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV reports the news:

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al Manar

9:48AM: According to Kuwait’s al-Rai newspaper, US officials have said damning evidence demonstrating Hizbullah’s involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri is expected to be published by American newspapers in the next few days.

9:34AM: Richard Landes looks at the CNN reporting of the recent Lebanon-Israel border clash.

7:52AM: A future new immigrant?

American Jewish astronaut Garrett Reisman is considering aliyah (immigration) to Israel, according to Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz, who met with Reisman during a recent trip to the United States.

Reisman, 42, told Hershkowitz that the question of whether or not he will live in Israel will be decided based on his ability to find suitable work.

I somehow don’t think that will be a problem.

7:35AM: Trust AFP to turn a graphic on Israel’s painful disengagement from Gaza in to another example of their bias.

Gaza disengagement

Graphic on the 2005 evacuation of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip. Today the coastal territory is run by the militant Islamist movement Hamas while Israel has an iron grip on its airspace and sea lanes, maintaining a total blockade on both while tightly restricting land access. (AFP/Graphic)

In other words, Hamas – who not only rule Gaza but interfere in almost all aspects of life there – are said to “run” Gaza, and Israel – who withdrew 5 years ago but regulates the passage of certain goods that could be used as weapons – “has an iron grip on its airspace and sea lanes, maintaining a total blockade on both while tightly restricting land access.”

7:18AM: Last week, I posted about Iranian taekwondo fighter Mohammed Soleimani’s refusal to compete against Israel’s Gili Haimovich in the championship match of the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Now more of the same at the 2010 WPC Swimming World Championships.

Israel added two golds to its medal haul on Saturday at the 2010 WPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven behind the performances of Inbal Pezaro and Itzhak Mamistvalov. During the heats, two Iranians refused to enter the pool with Israeli blind swimmer Zohar Batar, who joked afterward that she never saw her Persian rivals.

Can someone please explain to me why Iran is even allowed to compete in international sports events?

6:35AM: Latma channels Tom Jones for their latest song parody.

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comments

  • matty

    yeah, let's give the Iranians the benefit of the doubt… what a brilliant idea! /sarcasm off

  • Jim from Iowa

    They should give out yellow cards for bad acting. How many times have you seen a guy get lightly brushed by an opponent and the guy falls to the ground writhing in pain then, after a penalty is called, jumps up and plays on like nothing happened? Fortunately here in America we have REAL football and we don't have to endure this foolishness.

    • juvanya

      Its usually the Hispanic countries that do that because they need to win somehow…

      And no, NFL is not REAL football. Its handegg.

      • Michael Zvi Krumbein

        Then why is European Football call soccer, a.k.a. association football, as opposed to rugby, the percursor of the somewhat sissier American football?

        • juvanya

          Because Amfooter came here first and is more dominant. If NFL and all interest in amfooter was gone tomorrow, soccer would probably start to be renamed. The US Soccer federation used to be called US Soccer Football. Soccer travelled over later and the name soccer was used to differentiate. I think Ireland is the only country where you can get legitimately confused.

          • Michael Zvi Krumbein

            The term comes from Britain, not the U.S.

            • juvanya

              Im aware, as an upper class term, but no one would be caught dead saying that today and the official things have always been football, meaning it was a minority term.

      • AEWHistory

        "And no, NFL is not REAL football. Its handegg."

        I beg to differ….. it is "Hand-Pig-Egg."

        Hmmmm, is this sport kosher?

  • lemzia

    fuel grade uranium is enriched. Iran has dozen of plants to enrich uranium (over 30) they now have the ability to enrich uranium past fuel grade and are doing so. they have more enrichment sites than is neccessary to fuel a single reactor.

  • Michael Zvi Krumbein

    But why did he kneel?

    • Jim from Iowa

      Maybe he's a fan of "Kneel" Young. I've got a million of 'em.

    • juvanya

      Footballing tradition after a goal is similar to that. It may be originally a Catholic thing, but Ive seen many people do it. (Maybe theyre all Catholic? :p)

  • Michael Zvi Krumbein

    Since Lebanon is within the borders of Israel promised in the Torah, maybe we can call it the Hezbollah entity? Or Moslem-occupied French Palestine?

    • juvanya

      Muslim-occupied Christian Lebanon

  • juvanya

    Ooooh CiFWatch looks like a useful website.

  • Michael Zvi Krumbein

    I see Jody Miller of NewsBusters mentions my Alma Mater, Y.U., in giving them consolation on losing out to the Bulldogs as the top party school. Of course, having actually GONE to Y.U., I had an semi-anxious moment before I ascertained that she was being ironic.

    Then again, having half of Manhattan between us and the girls (sorry, women) does help
    http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hd8zDk

  • JRmo

    I wonder if the Iranian athletes themselves have a choice in competing against members of "the Zionist Entity." they might get in a lot of trouble back home if they do. it's a shame, but congrats to Israel for the golds!

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