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The Day In Israel: Sun Nov 1st, 2009

In light of recent Lebanese accusations that Israel is spying on Lebanon, the question is whether this is the case.

The answer seems to be hell yeah.

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon (Likud) confirmed on Saturday that Israel was operating intelligence-gathering networks within Lebanon.

Speaking at an event in Be’er Sheva, Ya’alon said that “the moment Hezbollah renewed their attacks, we began to collect intelligence. We will stop when Hezbollah disarms itself and the [Israel-Lebanon] border is a border of peace.”

“When we are in conflict with an enemy,” he continued, “we gather information about them.”

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

6:45PM: Now it’s Ha’aretz’s turn to use the word “terrorist.”

Which the guy is, if he did what he’s accused of.

4:58PM: Fascinating CNBC story on Israel as a leader of business innovation.

4:46PM: Sakher Habash, a co-founder of Fatah and former member of its Central Committee, has died in Ramallah. So far, no accusations of Israeli involvement in his death. But give it time.

Habash once said:

“To us, the refugee issue is the winning card which means the end of the Israeli state.”

12:42PM: Netanyahu to palestinians: “Get a grip.”

No, really.

9:42AM: PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has actually used the “T” word (“Terrorist”).

But no need to bring out the flying pig.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday condemned an attack during which Israeli settlers shot a Palestinian and injured four others in occupied East Jerusalem.

Five relatives, three of them over 60 years old, were hospitalized after right-wing Israelis attacked the Salah family, shooting one, in a bid to take over their home in the Palestinian neighborhood of Beit Safafa on Friday.

“This terrorist settler attack on the lives and property of Palestinian citizens demonstrates the necessity of providing immediate international protection for our people in Jerusalem,” Fayyad said, speaking alongside US Consul General Daniel Rubenstein and other American officials at an unrelated event near Ramallah.

Interestingly enough, this alleged attack has not been reported anywhere besides some palestinian news sites. Which is curious, considering the mainstream media are normally more than willing to publish such reports, even when based on unsubstantiated claims.

9:30AM: Photo of the day:

netanyahu clinton

“The hills are alive with the sound of settlements.”

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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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