The Day In Israel: Tues Aug 25th, 2009

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The family and relatives of the palestinian at the center of the organ-theft story in Aftonbladet said they didn’t know whether or not the accusations were true, could not confirm that his organs had been stolen, and denied telling any foreign journalist that this had occurred.

But now that they’ve read the article upon which their “story” is based – which contains no evidence as the family and author have admitted – they think it could have happened, and are demanding an investigation.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

9:30PM: IDF footage taken along the northern Israeli-Lebanese border showing Lebanese villagers attacking Hizbullah terrorists during violent clashes in the village of Merwakhin in southern Lebanon on August 23-24, 2009.

8:00PM: Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is currently in the UK, where he met with British PM Gordon Brown (but not before being forced to avoid a wretched hive of scum and villainy in the form of a pro-palestinian rally at the front entrance to Downing Street).

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Tuesday afternoon with UK Premier Gordon Brown. Netanyahu had to be ushered into the official Downing Street residence via the back door, as the front entrance was the scene of a pro-Palestinians rally.

The rally, attended by hundreds of people, began about 30 minutes prior to Netanyahu’s arrival at Number 10, causing both the British and Israeli security officers present to heighten alert, fearing the Israeli prime minister’s convoy may be targeted.

Brown met Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to London Ron Prosor at the door, and all three were rushed in by their respective security details.

At some point, several demonstrators tried breaching the secured perimeter, but were stopped by British police. Demonstrators hollered slogans the likes of “Free Palestine” and “Netanyahu’s a war criminal,” and carried signs reading “Judea and Samaria are Palestinian territory,” “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine,” and “Let the Palestinians live.”

What was most noteworthy about the meeting was Netanyahu’s response to Brown’s demand to halt settlement construction, since the settlements are what impedes the two-state solution.

Jerusalem, responded Netanyahu, “Is not a settlement. It is the sovereign capital of the State of Israel. We have been building in Jerusalem for 3,000 years.”

Meanwhile, here is what Brown and Netanyahu said at the post-meeting press conference.

7:38PM: Elder of Moron Jimmy Carter, currently visiting Israel…

Jimmy Carter - Reuters

“It’s a problem that has stumped so many, and I am determined to solve it.”

optical illusion

“And I’ll stand here for hours until I see the damn spaceship if I have to!”

5:50PM: Israel Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor conveys Israel’s reaction to Ahmedinejad’s appointment of an arch-terrorist as Iranian Defense Minister.

5:38PM: Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad has revealed the PA’s intention to create a de facto palestinian state within two years.

Speaking on the eve of talks in London today between Binyamin Netanyahu and Gordon Brown, his Israeli and British counterparts, Mr Fayyad said that the idea was to “end the occupation, despite the occupation”. He told The Times in an interview: “After 16 years [of failed peace talks] why not change the discourse?

“We have decided to be proactive, to expedite the end of the occupation by working very hard to build positive facts on the ground, consistent with having our state emerge as a fact that cannot be ignored. This is our agenda, and we want to pursue it doggedly.”

He said that if a functioning de facto state existed — with or without Israeli co-operation — including competent security forces, functioning public services and a thriving economy, it would force Israel to put its cards on the table as to whether it was serious about ending the 42-year occupation of the West Bank. He hoped that this goal could be achieved by mid-2011.

“It is empowering to even think that way,” said an animated Mr Fayyad, a respected economist. He has spent the past two years — since the Islamist group Hamas took over the Gaza Strip by force — wooing investors to the West Bank and building up professional security forces, trained under British and American supervision.

He said that the days of mutual recriminations were over and that both sides must commit to the 2003 “road map” whereby Israel would implement a comprehensive settlement freeze and the Palestinians curb the activities of militant groups.

“What is required is greater clarity and greater accountability,” he said, noting that the vastly improved Palestinian security forces showed his Palestinian Authority was holding up its end of the bargain. He said that it was time for the Israelis to do the same and rejected Mr Netanyahu’s attempts to secure a compromise on allowing settlement construction that is already under way to be continued.

My immediate thoughts:

  • Good luck with that. The palestinians couldn’t even build anything out of Gaza, unless you count rocket factories and weapons smuggling tunnels.
  • I’m all for changing the discourse. For a start, we should stop referring to “a palestinian nation” and a “palestinian state” since neither of these things have ever actually existed.
  • I’m all for accountability. Had we built that into all the so-called peace agreements, the palestinians would not have made gains over the past 15 or so years, given that terrorism and incitement have only increased over this time.
  • What does the oft-cited refugee issue have to do with “ending the 42-year occupation of the West Bank”?

5:25PM: The Jerusalem Post has posted this video of palestinian doctor Mazen Arafah explaining that organs from the dead can’t be used for a living person.

(I would have posted the video here had the JPost joined the rest of the civilized world in posting embeddable videos)

10:40AM: Palestine Today has a story that goes to show you are never too old to perpetrate an “honor killing.” (auto-translated)

Old man 86-year-old daughter killed in Tulkarem

Received a citizen of Tulkarm at the age of 50 years, died today, at the hands of her father’s elderly.

Police said, the elderly one of the villages of the province, at the age of 86 years, told the police that he had killed his daughter in the house.

She added that the force which moved to the scene immediately and the seizure of the body and crime scene and seize the murderer, and were investigating the motive for the killings.

8:58AM: Yesterday, IDF troops killed a palestinian terrorist in a shootout on the northern border of Gaza, after spotting him and a few others planting a bomb near the security fence. When the troops attempted to apprehend the group, they were met by gunfire.

Meanwhile, Ma’an’s report of the incident reinforces the fact that even palestinian medics cannot be trusted.

Ambulances were unable to immediately reach the other man who lay on the ground bleeding and eventually died. Hassanein identified him as Ata Al-Hasoumi, 20. Medics told Reuters that the man was a farmer.

Let me guess. It wasn’t a bomb, it was a lettuce?

8:50AM: Can you guess the correct answer?

In response to palestinian terrorists firing mortar shells into Israel yesterday, Israel did the following:

a) Bombed Gaza back to the Stone Age

b) Fired mortar shells back in to Gaza

c) Moved troops in to Gaza and battled hard against the terrorists

d) Bombed a smuggling tunnel

And the answer is…do you even need to check?

6:16AM: Israeli television last night broadcast video that appeared to show black-clad Hamas terrorists firing at rebels pinned in a mosque courtyard and mowing them down at close range.

If the video becomes available, I’ll post it here.

6:10AM: How’s that Israeli boycott against IKEA going, you ask?

Not so well.

5:54AM: Today’s We’re really close to a deal on exchanging Gilad Shalit for terrorists report is brought to you by Ha’aretz and the letter H.

For Heard this all before.

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The family and relatives of the palestinian at the center of the organ-theft story in Aftonbladet said they didn’t know whether or not the accusations were true, could not confirm that his organs had been stolen, and denied telling any foreign journalist that this had occurred.

But now that they’ve read the article upon which their “story” is based – which contains no evidence as the family and author have admitted – they think it could have happened, and are demanding an investigation.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

4:45PM: Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad has revealed the PA’s intention to create a de facto palestinian state within two years.

Speaking on the eve of talks in London today between Binyamin Netanyahu and Gordon Brown, his Israeli and British counterparts, Mr Fayyad said that the idea was to “end the occupation, despite the occupation”. He told The Times in an interview: “After 16 years [of failed peace talks] why not change the discourse?

“We have decided to be proactive, to expedite the end of the occupation by working very hard to build positive facts on the ground, consistent with having our state emerge as a fact that cannot be ignored. This is our agenda, and we want to pursue it doggedly.”

He said that if a functioning de facto state existed — with or without Israeli co-operation — including competent security forces, functioning public services and a thriving economy, it would force Israel to put its cards on the table as to whether it was serious about ending the 42-year occupation of the West Bank. He hoped that this goal could be achieved by mid-2011.

“It is empowering to even think that way,” said an animated Mr Fayyad, a respected economist. He has spent the past two years — since the Islamist group Hamas took over the Gaza Strip by force — wooing investors to the West Bank and building up professional security forces, trained under British and American supervision.

He said that the days of mutual recriminations were over and that both sides must commit to the 2003 “road map” whereby Israel would implement a comprehensive settlement freeze and the Palestinians curb the activities of militant groups.

“What is required is greater clarity and greater accountability,” he said, noting that the vastly improved Palestinian security forces showed his Palestinian Authority was holding up its end of the bargain. He said that it was time for the Israelis to do the same and rejected Mr Netanyahu’s attempts to secure a compromise on allowing settlement construction that is already under way to be continued.

Yeah, good luck with that.They couldn’t even make something of Gaza, when we withdrew ()

Leaving aside the fact that the so-called occupation If Fayyad is really genuine about forcing “Israel to put its cards on the table as to whether it was serious about ending the 42-year occupation of the West Bank”, then

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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