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The Day In Israel: Sat Aug 22nd, 2009

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Shavua tov, everyone. It looks like it was a relatively slow news day here in Israel.

  • According to a Hamashole official, PA President and so-called “peace partner” Mahmoud Abbas personally intervened to foil a Gilad Shalit-terrorist exchange deal because he was opposed to the release of Hamasholes from Israeli prison.
  • Spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry Yossi Levy responded to Sweden’s reluctance to respond to the blood libel article by saying that “freedom of speech is being used as a fig leaf by the Swedish government.”
    First the characterization of the article as “hate porn” and now this. Notice how every metaphor relates to sex and private parts. The Swedes cannot escape it.
  • Meanwhile palestinian terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine demanded that international human rights organizations carry out a serious and immediate investigation into the allegations made in the blood libel report.
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres said Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s frequent speeches have become nothing more than a “source of amusement.”
  • PA police rescued a Jewish Israeli woman from her abusive palestinian boyfriend, who trapped her in his house in Hebron.
  • Israeli police captured a 15-year-old Arab boy suspected of stabbing his father to death

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

9:52PM: Here is President Barack Obama’s Ramadan message, in which he says, amongst other things, how the US is “unyielding in [their] support for a two-state solution that recognizes the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security.”

9:22PM: Here’s a report from an Australian current affairs show on Hamas’ “virtue campaign” in Gaza, which includes measures such as forcing women lawyers to cover their heads in court, and forcing shopkeepers to remove mannequins which “arouse sexual urges in young people.”

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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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