The Day In Israel: Sun May 17th, 2009

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Yesterday: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was ready to declare his support for a two-state solution.

Today: An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he is unlikely to declare support for a two-state solution.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

9:23PM: I have heard a theory from more than one of you that the “passed out” protester (9:52AM update) is none other than Israellycool regularĀ  Hairstyle Man.

9:00PM: According to the results of a University of Haifa poll released today:

  • 40.5% of Israeli Arabs believe the Holocaust never occurred
  • 41% of Israeli Arabs recognize the country’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state (was 65.6% in 2003)
  • 53.7% of Israeli Arabs believe Israel has a right to exist as an independent country (was 81.1% in 2003)

6:36PM: Israeli President Shimon Peres thinks Syrian Dorktator Bashar is shy about wanting peace.

Shy about wanting peace is an interesting way to describe someone who allows Syria to provide training, weapons, safe haven, and logistical support to terror groups such as Hizbullah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

6:10PM: The Dubai Tennis Championships has been fined a record $300,000 for the UAE’s refusal to grant a visa to Israeli player Shahar Peer.

4:08PM: If you dislike anti-Israel numbskull George Galloway like I do, you’ll enjoy this.

2:05PM: Here is a picture taken last week in Nazareth, during the Pope’s visit (hat tip: Aliza)


12:56PM: What’s missing from this AP report about the latest smuggling tunnel mishap?

Egyptian police say a smuggling tunnel beneath the border with Gaza has collapsed, killing one Palestinian.

Police say the victim suffocated, while several other smugglers survived Sunday’s accident.

Palestinians use such tunnels to bring food, clothing, fuel and even livestock into the impoverished Gaza Strip. Egypt and Israel have blockaded Gaza since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of it two years ago in a battle with its Palestinian rivals.

Answer: Any mention of the fact that they use these tunnels to smuggle in weapons and ammunition (except for a reference later in the report that Israel attacks the tunnels to stop such an occurrence).


6:02AM: For those who are interested, the Israeli duo of Noa & Mira Awad placed 16 out of 25 in the final of the Eurovision song contest for this performance:

Meanwhile, Groucho Marx called this year’s winner and asked for his eyebrows back.


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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