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The Day In Israel: Sun June 7th, 2009

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Israeli officials yesterday rejected a statement by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissing our assertions that the Bush administration had agreed to allow some construction in the settlements to allow for natural growth, an understanding upon which we based our decision to accept the road map and unilaterally withdraw from Gaza.

I guess this further shows that Hillary and her husband Bill do not really communicate, since Bill himself allowed additional construction within existing settlements.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:16PM: A palestinian killed after an explosive device detonated in a farmer’s field?  Must be the Jooooos fault!

On second thoughts..

11:08PM: Increased Israeli Arab drug use and trafficking? Must be the Jooooos fault!

10:50PM: I can’t tell you how comforting it is to know that the US administration has our back…in the event we are blown to smithereens.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that Iran must expect full retaliation from a “a battery of nuclear weapons countries” should it ever attack Israel.

When asked during an interview with ABC News whether America had set as policy envoy Dennis Ross’ statement that an attack on Israel would be seen as an attack on the U.S. itself, Clinton said:

“I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that were Israel to suffer a nuclear attack by Iran, there would be retaliation.”

Of course, this also begs the question: if US President Barack Obama felt comfortable enough to state his view that Iran should be entitled to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, why would the US now feel the need to make this threat?

10:40PM: A palestinian woman charged with spying for Israel may be put to death.

As this photo and caption shows, it would be at the hands of the “moderate” peace partners of the PA, and not Hamas.


10:15PM: Those peace-loving Saudis are so..err..peace-loving..that they have come up with a great idea to destroy Israel achieve peace.

Impose it.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has urged U.S. President Barack Obama to impose a solution on the festering Arab-Israeli conflict if necessary, a Saudi newspaper said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia and other Arab states want Obama to get tough with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his refusal to endorse Palestinian statehood and for defying U.S. calls to halt the expansion of settlements.

King Abdullah told Obama during his visit to Riyadh last week that Arab patience was wearing thin and that a solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict would be the “magic key” to all issues in the region, al-Hayat said, quoting what it called informed sources.

I guess Arab patience means postponing their plans from September 4th to September 11th.

“We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary,” the Saudi monarch told Obama, according to the paper, which is owned by a nephew of the monarch. It did not elaborate.

“We [Arabs] want to devote our time … to build a generation capable of confronting the future with science and work,” King Abdullah said, according to al-Hayat.

There is actually nothing stopping them from doing so, besides their own preoccupation with supplanting the West with a global caliphate.

Meanwhile, this report has interesting (and worrying) additional information.

Insider sources told the paper that President Obama could not hide how impressed he was with King Abdullah and that he “listened intently to everything said.”

8:10PM: Do any of you remember the Robin Williams film Patch Adams?

Well, it looks like the man on whom the film was based is a moonbat clown.

A Palestinian boy stands on the shoulders of US Dr. Hunter ‘Patch’ Adams during a protest against the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip at the Erez border crossing between Israel and Gaza, Sunday, June 7, 2009. Israel and neighboring Egypt have kept Gaza under blockade since the militant Hamas seized power in Gaza in June 2007. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

5:26PM: Here is Israel’s reaction to IAEA reports about Iran and Syria:

Israel calls for firmer measures by the IAEA and the international community

Over the weekend, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published the Agency’s latest reports on its investigations in Iran and Syria.

The report on Iran again contains serious findings of increased uranium enrichment in Iran, in violation of Security Council resolutions, as well as other activities that could be connected to a military nuclear program. The report also emphasizes the IAEA’s inability to carry out full and effective monitoring in Iran due to that country’s continued lack of cooperation. These findings demonstrate that the international community, no more than Israel, cannot place its trust in IAEA monitoring in Iran. Accordingly, what is needed from the international community is immediate and determined action to ensure that Iran will not be able to produce nuclear weapons. The weakness currently displayed by the international community allows a country like North Korea to pursue a policy of defiance, and Iran is an attentive student of this policy.

Regarding Syria, the report details many suspicious findings as well as Syria’s unresponsiveness to the Agency’s demand to visit the various sites and to provide answers to disturbing issues. This situation reinforces suspicions that Syria is trying to blur evidence of secret nuclear activity that took place at Dir a-Zur in eastern Syria. The Agency should condemn Syria for hiding the facts pertaining to this activity.

The IAEA Director General has so far refrained from using all the means at his disposal to investigate Syria. Israel calls upon him to conduct an investigation free from political considerations and bias, and also to demand that North Korea, which is mentioned in the report, cooperate in the investigation.

4:43PM: Child abuse photo of the day:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter chats with voters at a polling station in Jouniyeh, north of Beirut June 7, 2009. Lebanese crowded peacefully to the polls on Sunday in a high-stakes parliamentary election that pits Hezbollah and its allies, backed by Syria and Iran, against an anti-Syrian bloc that has U.S. and Saudi support. Carter, who heads a team of international observers, urged Lebanese parties and their foreign backers to accept the result of the vote. REUTERS/ Wadih Chlink (LEBANON POLITICS ELECTIONS)

1:50PM: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced he will make a major foreign policy address next week, in response to US President Barack Obama’s address to the Muslim world last week.

“Next week I will deliver a major diplomatic speech in which I will present to Israel’s citizens our principles for achieving peace and security,” said Netanyahu at the weekly cabinet meeting.

“Ahead of the address, I will be happy to hear the opinions of my coalition partners and of other figures in the Israeli public.”

11:50AM: Hamas matchmaking? No, it has nothing to do with producing something to fire off their rockets, but rather Hamas attempts to hook up women with eligible men.


Women also must describe their appearance and answer a killer question: “Do you consider yourself pretty according to Gaza standards?” (how appropriate – ed).

The ideal of beauty in Gaza means tall and fair-skinned with blue or green eyes and light-colored hair ? and that’s what men usually ask for. But most Gaza women have dark hair and bronze skin.

In other words, the ideal woman for most Gaza men is Lauren Booth.

8:55AM: The mother of Hamas terrorist Yihye Ayyash (“The Engineer”), who we killed a number of years back, has said IDF soldiers who raid the homes of palestinians are more polite than the PA security forces.

“They behaved in a shameful way,” she said. “When the Jews come, they ask for permission and cry out before they enter a house.” She said that Abbas’s security forces acted in a “barbaric” manner and did not take into account that women and children were sleeping inside the house.

The Palestinian policemen did not even knock on the door, she added. “They raided the house and started searching for weapons,” she said. “They left behind a lot of damage. Even a copy of the Koran was not spared.”

Bear in mind that this woman likely hates Israel with a passion, given the fate of her son (as well as the fact he was hellbent on murdering Jews to begin with). She has no reason to lie.

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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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