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The Day In Israel: Fri July 24th, 2009

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There’s something in the sky, and it sure looks like a pig.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain LeRoy said Thursday that Hezbollah was responsible for heightened tensions in southern Lebanon.

During a UN Security Council session that discussed Israel’s complaints on the recent developments in Lebanon, LeRoy said that the arms cache that exploded in the area last week was used by Hezbollah.

He claimed that the attack on French UNIFIL soldiers sent to investigate the explosion was not carried out by civilians, adding that Hezbollah men were spotted in the area.

Ambassador Alex Wolff, of the US Mission to the UN, said the Shiite group’s arms cache constituted a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the Second Lebanon War.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

6:02PM: Head Hamashole Ismail Haniyehhas has said Hamas will not stand in the way of the creation of a palestinians state with the 1967 borders.

But before you think Jimmy Carter may have a point in believing Hamas wants peace, notice what else Haniyeh said.

Hamas will not stand in the way of the creation of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, de facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday.

Haniyeh was speaking during his first visit to the Grand Mosque in the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza since last winter’s war. He said Hamas and his government are “not an obstacle in front of establishing a Palestinian State on 1967 borders and [are] working on achieving [such a state] but this does not mean giving up the rest of the land and the rights of the coming generations.”

In other words, Hamas are willing to go for the creation of a palestinian state as the first stage of a plan to completely destroy the Jewish state of Israel.

Which makes them aligned with the PA.

2:48PM: Oldie but a goodie: Hamas TV’s Koranic Scientist Dr. Ahmad Al-Muzain has the proof that Islam is the true religion.

Urine.

1:02PM: If these poll results are to be believed, it seems more Israelis are finally facing the truth.

A new poll, conducted during a week of heightened tensions between Israel and the US over settlement construction and stymied diplomatic negotiations, reveals in stark terms just how wary Israeli Jews are regarding the Palestinian leadership, and how distrustful they are about international assurances for the country’s long-term security.

The poll, carried out by the Maagar Mohot Survey Institute and made available to The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, showed that 64 percent of Israeli Jews believe Israel would not be able to trust international pledges for its security in return for settlement withdrawals in the West Bank, while only 9% said it would.

The survey also found that a whopping 71% were adamant the government must insist that the Palestinians freeze all West Bank construction if a similar freeze were forced upon Israel, in order to prevent problematic “new facts on the ground.” Only 20% said the government should not make that demand.

Especially prominent were the figures revealing the degree of suspicion toward the Palestinian Authority leadership, and in particular its president Mahmoud Abbas.

When asked what they believe the ultimate intention of Abbas and other leaders is when striving for a Palestinian state, 62% said the PA leaders want to establish a state instead of Israel, while only 27 said Palestinian leaders want the two nations to live side-by-side.

In total, 58% said they believe any pledge from Abbas would not bind future Palestinian leaders, while 18% gave it a “so-so” chance, and only 12% thought it would bind them.

The survey also pointed to widespread worry over the “demographic problem,” referring to the view of many experts that the Arab population will outgrow the Jewish one in the not-distant future.

Some 72% of respondents said the issue should be an important factor for Israeli leaders in dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Only 17 it should be “marginal.”

When asked what solution to the conflict would best serve Israel’s interests, 70% chose “autonomy,” in which the Palestinians rule over their day-to-day lives, with their borders and air space under Israel’s control. Only 15% expressed support for a sovereign Palestinian state.

However, respondents were not asked their opinion of the demilitarized Palestinian state envisioned by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Furthermore, 48% said they think it is more important to build new Jewish communities in the Galilee and the Negev, while only 8% think the emphasis should be placed on Judea and Samaria, and 37% think both are equally important.

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The poll was conducted from Sunday through Tuesday this week, among a representative sample of 526 adult Israeli Jews, with a survey error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

1:00PM: My take on this report:

There was a man called Kishk from Al Aqsa

Who was wanted for his involvement with terror

The question is not why he was arrested

But rather why we’ve invested

So much time and effort in Fatah

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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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