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The Day In Israel: Sun Oct 4th, 2009

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According to the British Times, when Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently did his best David Copperfield impersonation and briefly “disappeared” – in what turned out to be a (not so) secret trip to Russia – he gave the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists that Israel believes are helping Iran develop nuclear warheads, and factual evidence.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:18PM: She certainly didn’t waste any time.

Israel has released a 20th Palestinian woman prisoner as promised in exchange for a short videotape proving that captured soldier Gilad Shalit is alive.

On arriving home in the Gaza Strip, former prisoner Rawda Habib urged Palestinian factions to capture more soldiers in order to exert more pressure on Israel to release Palestinians from its prisons.

Then again, it’s what you would come to expect from a prospective suicide bomber.

8:24PM: Virginia Native American leader Chief Annie Richardson has told Israeli National Infrastructure Minister Uzi Landau that American Indians support the State of Israel and its G-d-given right to the Land of Israel.

“We believe that G-d has given you this land and we want you to fight for it,” Richardson told Landau. She presented him with a traditional Native American headdress and a bow and arrow, as “a token of the affection of the Native American nations for Israel.”

Richardson asserted that her organization, which represents dozens of Native American nations in North America, is fully behind Israel. The minister thanked the Native American chief and presented her with a collection of ancient Judean coins.

3:18PM: Israeli police have closed the Temple Mount for fear of Arab riots.

In response, the Arabs have rioted.  Who saw that coming?

The Jerusalem Police on Sunday morning closed the Temple Mount to visitors and Muslim worshippers for fear of riots. According to the police, the holy site was shut down following calls in east Jerusalem to “come protect the Mount.” Senior Fatah member Hatem Abdel Kader (appropriate name – ed) was detained for questioning.

Shortly after the Mount was closed, some 150 Arabs began hurling empty bottles at police forces in the Old City. The rioters were dispersed to the Wadi Joz neighborhood, where they continued to hurl stones. Two police officers were lightly injured by stones, and three rioters were arrested.

Meanwhile, how is this for respecting the religion of others?

Dozens of worshippers arrived at the al-Aqsa Mosque. The mosque’s manager, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, called on the Arab and Muslim nations and on international organizations on Sunday morning to “curb the extreme right-wing government which has failed to restrain the radical groups dreaming of placing an imaginary cornerstone for their imaginary temple.

That is coming from the mosque’s manager (as an aside, do you think he wears one of those these?) Imagine if the Muslims were still in control of the Old City as they were pre-1967.

Meanwhile, the palestinian Ma’an News agency is treating the riots like acne – they are just clashes that “erupted.”

12:00PM: Israel reportedly knows exactly where Gilad Shalit is being held, but is not willing to storm the place for fear of risking Gilad’s life.

In a separate story, Asharq al-Awsat quoted a senior Israeli defense official as saying that Israel knows exactly where Shalit is being held captive, and that the location is under constant Israeli surveillance.

According to the report, the official said that if Israel so desired it could take the risk and storm the place, but the fear that Shalit might get hurt is preventing Israel from launching such an operation.

Hamas is aware of the fact that Israel knows where Shalit is held, the paper reported, and has consequently surrounded the location with explosives. Hamas has also issued a directive to kill Shalit if an Israeli attack is sensed, the paper said.

The paper said these remarks were made during an informal discussion surrounding the prisoner exchange talks.

Asharq al-Awsat further reported that one of the individuals present in the discussion said “Since we knew exactly where the secret Iranian nuclear reactor was before any Western intelligence body, and we knew about the Syrian reactor, is it logical that we wouldn’t know where Shalit is?”

7:24AM: On Friday, I posted the recently released video of Gilad Shalit. Unfortunately, it was apparently taken down.

Here’s Take Two, this time with English captions.

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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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