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The Day In Israel: Mon May 25th, 2009

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Ha’aretz surmises that Hizbullah could strike Israel to divert attention from the Hariri probe.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

6:35PM: Return of the Zionist Death PigsTM , now even deadlier than ever.

A herd of settler-owned wild boars were released onto Palestinian farmlands in western Salfit on Monday morning, damaging crops there.

The chair of the Palestinian Agricultural Trade Union, Khalil Omran, said, “The boars broke into the fields at the Al-Najara and Al-Jaheer areas of western Salfit. They caused the destruction of wheat and barley fields and damaged fruit trees.”

“One of the attacked fields was planted with peach trees. All were broken and caused a big loss for the field’s owner, farmer Abo Ayman Oada,” Omran added.

Omran reiterated his call that something be done about the wild boars that cause losses to farmers’ livelihood each year, in addition to fears over the H1N1 flu virus, which some believe is carried by pigs.

6:28PM: Iranian naval commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari has stated that Iran sent 6 warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to display its ability to confront any foreign threats.

Habibollah. Sounds like a terrorist organization or a disease.

5:12PM: Israel’s Home Front Command will be conducting a large-scale drill next week, billed as the largest exercise ever in Israel’s history.

The drill will include a simulation of defending against simultaneous missile strikes and terror attacks across the country since this is likely in the event of a war breaking out.

Oh, joy.

4:16PM: Here’s a little something for my Christian readers.

3:35PM: The IDF is once again doing what it takes to avoid civilian casualties, dropping pamphlets over Gaza warning residents to stay out of areas 300 meters to 500 meters from the border fence, where there has been fighting between the IDF and terrorists.

Of course, the palestinians have found a way to complain about this gesture.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said a 10-year-old boy was struck by a box of leaflets and moderately hurt during Monday’s airdrop.

It’d almost be funny if it wasn’t true.

12:06PM: Reading about people like this who “get it” does wonders for my soul.

A “new anti-Semitism” that emanates from an alliance of Western leftists and Islamic extremists is more dangerous than the “old European” form of Jew-hatred, Canada’s minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism said as he wound up a four-day trip to Israel Sunday.

“The existential threat faced by Israel on a daily basis is ultimately a threat to the broader Western civilization,” said Jason Kenney, explaining the staunchly pro-Israel positions of his government, led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“It’s a threat that comes from profoundly undemocratic forces that don’t have the same conception of human dignity or freedom, and which abuse Israel as a kind of representative of the broader West and Western liberal-democratic values,” said Kenney. “I also very acutely understand the nature of the new anti-Semitism, and I think it’s even more dangerous than the old European anti-Semitism.”
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Kenney said many anti-Israel attacks come from adherents of a form of anti-Semitism that who appear to view a Jewish homeland as illegitimate.

“Israel is not perfect, obviously,” Kenney said. “Israelis should be the first to admit that. But we acknowledge that so much of the criticism Israel faces is motivated by a dangerous form of anti-Semitism that tries to hide behind anti-Zionism and is represented by a coalition of the far left in the West with extreme currents of jihadi Islam that seek the destruction of the Jewish nation. They seem to believe that the Jewish people are the only people in the world that don’t have a right to a homeland.”

The 40-year-old, who earlier this month was elected Canada’s “Best Overall MP” by fellow parliamentarians, prides himself on being responsible for his country’s decision to shun the United Nations-sponsored Durban II conference on racism, based on fears it would be misused as a platform for unfair criticism of Israel. Canada was the first country to announce its boycott of the meet, even ahead of Israel.

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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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