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Israeli News Briefs

In election-related news:

 

  • Labor’s Dalia Itzik is the latest to defect to Ariel Sharon’s Kadima party. Itzik’s move increases the likelihood of Shimon Peres joining the party, since Itzik and Peres are “like this” (imagine me crossing my fingers).

  • Speaking of Peres, a senior source close to Labor Party leader Amir Peretz thinks that Peres is responsible for racist comments of his brother Gigi.

  • Broadcast journalist Shelly Yechimovitz has announced that she will be running in the Labor party primaries. At least now she won’t have to feign objectivity.

  • Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharon continues to woo.

     

    In other news:

     

  • A UK court has cleared the brother and sister of British would-be suicide bomber Omar Sharif of failing to alert police as to their brother’s plans. The two were accused of knowing their brother had plotted to assault a valet blow himself up along with another Briton at Tel Aviv club Mike’s Place in 2003.

  • The Palestinian Red Crescent and Israel’s Magen David Adom have formally recognized each other, paving the way for the MDA to join the international humanitarian aid movement with the red crystal as its symbol. Contrary to expectations, no-one seems bent out of shape by the deal, except for numerous spoons, thanks to “psychic” Uril Geller, who then tried to convince the parties to buy one of his crystals in honor of the new MDA symbol.
  • A joint Israeli-Palestinian soccer “peace team,” sponsored by Shimon Peres’ Center for Peace, is in Spain for a friendly match against Spain’s leading team Barcelona. I just hope no “own goals” are scored.
  • A seal with the image of Jesus has been found in Tiberias, prompting pleas from Heidi Klum to return home.
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    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
    Picture of David Lange

    David Lange

    A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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