The Day In Israel: Wednesday Jan 6th, 2010

Late yesterday, the IAF has struck at a terrorist cell in in Khan Younis, killing one terrorist and wounding four others.

In a larger scale version of Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight, the terrorists. members of the Hamas-allied Popular Resistance Committee (PRC), had opened fire on Israeli forces on the Israeli side of the border, and were met with an Israeli aircraft missile. Oops!

Incidentally, the liquidated terrorist was Jihad Smyre, a regional PRC commander. Now there’s someone whose parents seem to have considered his future path when naming him.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

10:42PM: George Galloway and his band of terror enablers caused a riot in Egypt, resulting in an Egyptian border guard being killed by palestinians.

An Egyptian border guard was killed and at least a dozen Palestinians wounded in a shooting scuffle along the Gaza Strip border.

One official said Wednesday that the border guard was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper while Gazan youths hurled stones across the border at the Egyptian security forces.

Egyptian forces opened fire on Palestinians who were pelting them with rocks from the other side of the border over frustration that an aid convoy had been delayed.

Nice going. Perhaps the Egyptian government should sue Galloway?

For his part, Galloway was unrepentant, defiant, and as dishonest as ever. Pay special attention to what he says at the end of the video.

“It is completely unconscionable that 25% of our convoy should go to Israel and never arrive in Gaza because nothing that goes to Israel ever arrives in Gaza.”

Utter hogwash. Perhaps the Israeli government should sue Galloway?

9:52PM: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel reportedly told Israeli consul in LA Jacob Dayan that the Obama administration is fed up with both Israel and the Palestinians.

Emanuel met with Jacob Dayan, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, about two weeks ago, after which Dayan briefed the Foreign Ministry.

Emanuel told Dayan the U.S. is sick of the Israelis, who adopt suitable ideas months too late, when they are no longer effective, according to Army Radio.

The U.S. is also sick of the Palestinians who never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Emanuel reportedly said.

Emanuel added that if there is no progress in the peace process, the Obama administration will reduce its involvement in the conflict, because, as he reportedly said, the U.S. has other matters to deal with.

Is that a threat or a promise?

8:44AM: Yesterday, I posted that George Galloway’s convoy of terror enablers were due to arrive in Gaza from Egypt at around 2PM.

They didn’t make it.

Over 2,000 riot police were called to the scene of the Galloway convoy’s camp site at the port of Al-Arish on Tuesday Kevin Ovenden, Viva Palestina convoy leader, said in a statement on the organization’s website.

“This late afternoon we were negotiating with a senior official from Cairo who left negotiations some two hours ago and did not return. Our negotiations with the official was regarding taking our aid vehicles into Gaza,” he wrote.

“We have now blocked the entrance to the port and we are now faced with riot police and water cannons and are determined to defend our vehicles and aid.”

Spokeswoman for the convoy, Alice Howard, told Ma’an that the delegation was due to arrive at the Rafah crossing with their vehicles carrying humanitarian and medical aid on Tuesday, 2pm local time.

“The Egyptian authorities have by their stubbornness and hostility towards the convoy, brought us to a crisis point,” Ovenden added.

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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