The Day In Israel: Wednesday Mar 17th, 2010

The US is waiting for Israel’s response to demands raised by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including the cancellation of the Ramat Shlomo construction project in East Jerusalem, yet more goodwill gestures toward the palestinians, and a public declaration by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of his willingness to discuss the conflict’s core issues in the framework of peace negotiations with the PA.

A State Department spokesman said Tuesday night that the United States expects an official response from Israel soon. He said Clinton and Netanyahu may speak by phone as early as Wednesday. Netanyahu is expected to deliver Israel’s official response to Clinton during that conversation.

Israel’s response had been set to be the main focus of a meeting Wednesday of the forum of seven senior cabinet members, though that meeting will now not take place.

Meanwhile, the palestinians – who initiated violent riots yesterday because Israel rededicated a synagogue previously destroyed by the Arab Legion – need not do anything but sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Oh, and thank their lucky stars for Barack Obama.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)?

7:00PM: Hillary has softened her rhetoric against Israel.

6:50PM: To quote Gene Wilder in The Frisco Kid, “Would somebody please show this poor asshole the way out of town?”

After visiting the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on Wednesday, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the security barrier must come down.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Da Silva added that Brazil would continue to support the Palestinians so that their dream of establishing an independent, secure state will come true.

Earlier, the Brazilian president placed a wreath on Arafat’s tomb, despite criticism from Israel.

The Brazilian leader has said he would like to play a bigger role in Mideast diplomacy. He is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories this week.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he boycotted meetings with Da Silva because the Brazilian leader did not visit the grave of Zionism’s founder Theodor Herzl.

6:28PM: Jordanian King Abdullah “Beaver” II is being a responsible peace partner and trying to calm the situation down.

Yeah, right.

The international community should not stand by and watch as Israel attempts to rid Jerusalem of its Arab residents, Jordanian King Abdullah II said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Jerusalem is a red line and the world should not be silent about Israel’s attempts to get rid of Jerusalem’s Arabs residents, Muslims or Christians,” the Dubai daily Khaleej Times quoted the king as saying to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Amman.

And we all know Abdullah knows all about getting rid of palestinians.

2:38PM: Quote of the day:

“Now, however, we see the Obama Administration has decided to escalate, make unilateral demands of Israel, and threaten the very foundation of the US-Israel relationship. This is quickly leading to the worst crisis in US-Israel relations in decades, and yet this did not have to happen.”


“Once again, the Obama Administration is missing the boat on a very, very important issue. They need to go back to the basics and acknowledge Palestinian leaders have not progressed any peace process since President Obama was elected. As Israel makes concessions (and is still criticized by the Obama Administration), Arab leaders are just sitting back waiting for the White House to further pressure Israel. The Obama Administration needs to open its eyes and recognize that it is only Iran and her terrorist allies that benefit from this manufactured Israeli controversy.”

– Sarah Palin (on her Facebook page)

11:46AM: Ha’aretz reports on the Simpsons’ upcoming Israel episode.

The first images from the upcoming episode of The Simpsons, in which the animated family visits Israel, were released this week after six months of buzz over the special show to be aired in the United States on March 28.

The episode, titled “The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed,” includes scenes of Homer and Bart at the Western Wall with their Israeli tour guide, who will be voiced by British comedian Sascha Baron Cohen, of Borat and Bruno fame.

In the episode, Homer gets “Jerusalem Syndrome” and believes that he is the Messiah. Also, the tour guide bickers and exchanges political barbs with Marge.

“This is an episode that people from all three religions will be equally offended by,” said Simpsons producer Al Jean.

The show has featured many Jewish jokes and characters during its 21 seasons on air, most prominently Krusty the Clown (whose Jewish name is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski).

7:35AM: The PA has named a street in Ramallah after terror enabler Rachel Corrie.

Which is quite appropriate, when you think about it.

7:26AM: Introducing our latest weapon: Zionist Death Doob.TM

A student from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev shows his creation as he takes part in a competition to roll the most original looking joint in the southern city of Beersheba March 16, 2010. The student-organised event, which featured legal tobacco as the filling rather than marijuana, drew around 20 contestants wanting to win the 800 Shekels prize (around $200). REUTERS/Amir Cohen

5:58AM: Charles Krauthammer explains what the real insult is in this latest US-Israel crisis.


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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

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