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The Day In Israel: Wednesday Dec 23rd, 2009

Israel yesterday reportedly gave a German mediator a list of 100-130 (125?) palestinian terrorists convicted of direct responsibility for the deaths of Israelis to be expelled to the Gaza Strip or abroad and barred from returning to the West Bank.

We are now waiting for Hamas to respond.Senior Hamasholes are expected to meet within a few days to discuss the proposal, and a deal is likely to take several more days or even weeks. Assuming there is a deal at all. On one hand, a number of senior Hamasholes reportedly said they want to advance the negotiations and would seriously consider Israel’s proposal, in part due to heavy pressure exerted by families of palestinian prisoners. On the other hand, our demand to deport dozens of prisoners indefinitely, as well as our refusal to release Marwan Barghouti, Ahmed Sadat, and jailed Israeli Arabs, are “too much” for Hamas to accept.

Should Israel release hundreds of palestinian prisoners and terrorists for Gilad Shalit?

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Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:15PM: Now there are reports that Hamas has agreed to the deportation of 123 palestinian terrorists from the West Bank to a number of destinations.

9:02PM: So long, Captain.

8:42PM: Separated at Birth? A palestinian man dressed as Santa, and deceased comedian Richard Pryor.

pryor lookalike - AP

8:35PM: Farfur the mouse, supposedly martyred, has been spotted.

Again.

And this time, he’s hanging out with one of the good guys.

santa mouse

A Palestinian boy poses for a picture with people wearing elephant, mouse and Santa Claus costumes during a children Christmas parade near the Church of the Nativity, the site revered as the birthplace of Jesus, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2009. Christian visitors coming to Bethlehem this week to celebrate the birth of Christ will encounter a concrete wall with watchtowers, built by Israel between nearby Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity.

3:36PM: Senior Hamashole Mahmoud “Wart” Zahar has said the German mediator met with his negotiating team and relayed Israel’s latest proposal on a prisoner/terrorist exchange deal to secure the release of Gilad Shalit. Hamas will study the offer and issue its response within several days.

But according to Ynet, senior Hamasholes stated Israel’s response was “unacceptable.”

12:38PM: Fossilized Elder of Moron Jimmy Carter wants everyone to know that his sudden apology to US Jews for any contribution he may have had to Israel’s negative image has absolutely nothing to do with his grandson’s decision to run for the Georgia state senate.

Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness — and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state Senate.

Jason Carter, 34, an Atlanta-area lawyer, is considering a run to fill a seat covering suburban DeKalb County should the incumbent, David Adelman, win confirmation as President Obama’s designated ambassador to Singapore.

The seat, which is university heavy — Emory, among others, is situated there — also has a substantial Jewish community.

The senior Carter outraged Jewish leaders with his book “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid,” and they strongly criticized the former U.S. president for what appeared to be his likening of Israel’s settlement practices to apartheid and seeming to place the brunt of the blame for a lack of peace on Israel.

On the subsequent book tour, Carter further enraged many Jews by intimating that the pro-Israel lobby inhibited an evenhanded U.S. policy.

Such bad blood could potentially translate into problems for Carter’s grandson as he considers launching a political career.

But in an interview with JTA, Carter insisted that ethnic electoral considerations were not reason enough to reach out to the Jewish community, although he did not outright deny that it was a factor.

“Jason has a district, the number of Jewish voters in it is only 2 percent,” he said, chuckling.

In a statement issued through his campaign manager, the younger Carter said the statement was not connected to his campaign.

“While I was very happy to see my grandfather’s letter, it was completely unrelated to my campaign. The letter is a product of discussions with some of his friends in the Jewish community that have been going on for a long time.  I, like many others, see this as a great step towards reconciliation,” Jason Carter said in the statement.

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It seemed clear, however, that Jason Carter saw the apology, issued earlier this month through JTA, as a means of outreach. The younger Carter has been trying for days to reach Liane Levetan, a former state senator and CEO of DeKalb County, and as soon as they connected Tuesday, he directed her to the JTA Web site to read the letter.

“I wanted to let Jason know that I really and truly understand his position that he loves his grandfather, but you can love someone and not agree with their points of view and actions in certain areas, and Israel is my area,” Levetan told JTA in an interview after her conversation with the younger Carter.

Looks like Jimmy has honed his lying skills while spending all of that time with his Hamas friends.

11:42AM: The worms are licking their chops with the death of another Hamashole on a “Jihad mission.”

5:54AM: Introducing the video clip to the new palestinian hit song “Check out our weapons, including our new anti-aircraft gun, with which we will kill Jews.” Number 1 with a bullet.

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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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