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The Day in Israel: Sat Feb 14th, 2009

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I’m back after another relaxing Sabbath. Here’s what I missed:

  • The IAF bombed two Hamas weapons manufacturing facilities and some smuggling tunnels, wounding a number of terrorists.
  • A bomb exploded on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, narrowly missing an army patrol vehicle
  • The Prime Minister’s Office stated no Shalit, no ceasefire.
  • Despite continuing to badmouth Israel in interviews with Reuters and two Turkish newspapers, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan thinks Turkey is still in a position to be a neutral mediator in the Middle East.
  • However, criticism of Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus and its conflict with the Kurds by an Israeli general in the domestic Ha’aretz newspaper – that’s just unacceptable and could damage relations between the countries.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:16PM: Just an armed missile. Nothing to see here. Move along.

11:13PM: Labor MK Amir Peretz announced he will run for his party’s chairmanship.

Yeah, that Amir Peretz.

10:58PM: The Irish Times reports:

NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING physicist Steven Weinberg told an Irish audience yesterday that Israel was the “most exposed salient” in a war between liberal democracies and Muslim theocracies.

Prof Weinberg, a strong supporter of Israel, said the conflict between Israel and Hamas was part of a wider conflict.

This included the Madrid, London and Mumbai bombings, the conflict between Shia and Sunni Muslims in Iraq and the Janjaweed in Sudan, all of which had nothing to do with Israel, he said.

“It is a war between secular liberal democracy as you find it in Israel, Ireland and the United States, and the militant theocratical-oriented Islam,” he told an audience at Trinity College Dublin last night which included the Green Party spokesman on finance, Senator Dan Boyle, and Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly.

Jewish-born Prof Weinberg won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1979. Though now an atheist, he is a supporter of the Jewish state and cancelled a trip to the UK recently because of a proposed boycott of Israeli academics.

Prof Weinberg said it was wrong to make an analogy between Hamas as the equivalent of Sinn Féin and the Israeli Defence Forces as the Black and Tans.

He defended Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying it had acted with “remarkable restraint” in its attempts not to target Palestinian civilians. Civilians were told by phone three hours before bombardments to leave the place that was being bombed and as a result most of those killed in the recent conflict were members of Hamas, he claimed.

“The killing of civilians is a byproduct of what Israel had to do to defend itself,” he said.

He cited a British officer who said of the recent actions: “Never in the history of conflict has an army shown such restraint.”

Prof Weinberg, who was interrupted several times by those opposing his views, said no country would have behaved differently had it been subject to the rocket attacks on civilians faced by Israel.

Yeah, those who claim to support human rights are the same people who have no problem trying to silence those with opposing views.

I guess that’s the right to remain silent? (hat tip: Solomonia)

10:37PM: Who the hell is the middle guy of this bunch?

8:40PM: Anti-Israel professor Noam Chomsky responds to a question on Hamas’ use of human shields and Hamas’ targeting of civilians.

As you’ll see, he’s not particularly bothered by it.

 

8:00PM: The IDF is looking decidedly chicken with Turkey.

7:28PM: Former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman explains the recent election results to David Frost.

7:12PM: Chief palestinian negotiator and “moderate” Sa’eb “Massacre” Erekat has called the idea of linking the release of Gilad Shalit with a ceasefire  “blackmail.” Hmm, it’s almost as if he’s on the side of the kidnappers..

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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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