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The Day In Israel: Mon Aug 3rd, 2009

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Israel has prevented a number of senior Fatah-niks from Lebanon from participating in the organization’s general conference in Bethlehem, including one Col. Munir Hussein al-Maqdah, who is considered close to Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and organizations thought connected to Al-Qaida. However, Coastal Road Massacre perpetrator Khaled Abu Asba, who I mentioned in yesterday’s post as calling for Fatah to “return to a program of popular resistance” (aka terrorism) has already arrived for the summit.

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1:30PM: Sobering video on pesky Zionist settlers.

12:05PM: Israeli Foreign Minster and Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman has said he will resign on the spot as minister and party chief  if Attorney-General Mazuz decides to press charges against him.

“I’m happy that after great efforts and an appeal to the High Court of Justice, the investigation at least has reached its conclusion, and I hope the State Attorney’s Office will supply a swift answer,” Lieberman said.

“I must note that I reviewed everything I said in the questioning sessions, and I am at peace with all of my actions. If I had the opportunity to do things again, I would do the same.”

“As far as I am concerned,” he continued, “the watershed will be the final decision of [Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz] following a hearing, whenever and however it will take place. If the after the hearing the attorney-general decides on serving an indictment, at that moment I will resign [as foreign minister]. Three-to-five months afterward I will resign as party chairman and Knesset member; the period of time will enable an orderly transition of positions.

“My assessment is that in another year and even two, I will remain party chairman and foreign minister, and even in the next elections [I will partake in achieving our goal of] winning 20 mandates,” he added.

“Last night, I returned home from the office, and I was satisfied. I counted to 1, and fell asleep. I woke up in the morning, and at 7:30 was already at work in a meeting, which just goes to show that health is what counts, and all the rest is a bonus.”

5:42AM: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen’s Tel Aviv concert (47,000 tickets) sold out within a day.

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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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