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The Day In Israel: Sat Apr 18th, 2009

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Shavua tov my loyal readers. It looks like it was quite an eventful day while I celebrated the Jewish Sabbath.

  • Yet another terror attack, with a palestinian driver running over two police officers while they were on a patrol near the Hizmeh checkpoint, north of Jerusalem. The police officers suffered moderate and light injuries, and the palestinian earned the praise of Hamas.
  • The Hizbullah terror cell recently discovered in Israel planned to use Israeli Arabs to smuggle explosives and detonators into Israel. No word yet on whether this included current Knesset members
  • Egypt uncovered 5 smuggling tunnels on the border with Gaza, which they plan to destroy. The tunnels, not Gaza.
  • Egypt has once again slammed Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, not to mention Syria and Qatar for good measure.
  • Israeli officials in Jerusalem are pissed at the Swedes over a planned meeting Sunday evening between Swiss President Hans Rudolf Merz and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There are, however, currently no plans to boycott IKEA.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

9:48PM: In yet another Iranian-related update, the IAF is reportedly making preparations to be able to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by Israel’s government.

9:30PM: He may be genocidal maniac, but he’s a genocidal maniac with a sense of humor.

“The Iranian nation is ready to become more involved in maintaining order and security based on justice in many regions of the world,” Ahmadinejad said.

9:15PM: Separated at Birth?

drones

As Ha’aretz reports:

Iranian state-run news agency Press TV ran a story on its website this week praising the unveiling of an Iranian-made drone, that according to the Israeli daily Maariv bears a striking resemblance to an earlier photo taken in Israel of an Israeli-made drone.

In an article run this week on the Maariv website, the photo used by Press TV of the Iranian drone is shown above a remarkably similar photo from Israel Aerospace Industries of the Heron 1 Israeli drone. The two photos appear to be exactly the same, with the angle of the shot and the clouds in the background identical in appearance.

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Iran’s Press TV says the drone will be unveiled during a ceremony in the northern city of Gorgan.

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By Saturday, Press TV had removed the caption that said “An Iranian drone” beneath the picture

So either Iran has once again used its photoshop weapon of mass reproduction or it is not just goats they are cloning.

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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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