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The Day In Israel: Fri Aug 21st, 2009

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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the Swedish Foreign Ministry for distancing themselves from the Swedish Ambassador to Israel’s condemnation of the organ harvesting blood libel article.

“It’s a shame that the Swedish Foreign Ministry fails to intervene in a case of blood libels against Jews. This is reminiscent of Sweden’s stand during World War II, when had failed to intervene as well,” Lieberman said.

Touche in the house.

Meanwhile, Lieberman is expected to speak today with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt, in order to issue his official condemnation of the article, and ask him to publish an official condemnation from the Swedish government. Lieberman has also reportedly instructed his office to look into the possibility of revoking the Government Press Office card of the representative of the Aftonbladet newspaper in Israel, and not to help or cooperate with the newspaper on any matter.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

1:15PM: Those sneaky Iranians! They apparently camouflaged their nuclear plant at Bushehr as a huge likeness of the just-deceased Israeli entertainer Dudu Topaz (and located it at a place named after the previous US President).

topaz reactor

And they would have gotten away with it too, had Topaz not gone off the rails the last few years, and lost his popularity. Now there will be little objection to a strike from the Israeli public.

Alternatively, the Jerusalem Post is hopeless, and really need a new photo-caption assignment-thing-a-me-bob.

12:15PM: Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has rejected Israeli calls for an official condemnation of the blood libel article.

Here is what he had to say on his blog (or at least the auto-translated version).

In other news, everyone seems to have a blog.

9:26AM: Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi have decided to ease a series of restrictions on the palestinian population during the Muslim month of Ramadan, and have instructed IDF soldiers to act respectfully and refrain as much as possible from eating, drinking and smoking in public in front of them during the fasting hours.

One of the restrictions eased is a ban on plestinian children carrying weapon-shaped toys and firecrackers. One can only guess why palestinian children would be carrying weapon-shaped toys, but I am guessing it has little to do with Ramadan or the Eid al-Fitr festivities.

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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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