The Day In Israel: Tuesday April 6th, 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again gone on the attack against Israel.

“We cannot be indifferent to the problems of the Islamic world or Jerusalem,” he said. He added that although Turkey was interested in integrating into the Western world, it has not turned its back on the East. “Arabs and Turks are brothers and we share the same values,” he said.

Turning to Gaza, Erdogan said the situation there was inhumane.

“We cannot watch the murder of children in Gaza with indifference,” he said. “We worry about the Gaza children, but our hearts are also for the children of Haiti and Chile.”

Actually, watching “the murder of children in Gaza” is exactly what they are doing.

Meanwhile, Israel has responded to these latest comments.

Erdogan should not try to integrate his country into the Arab world at Israel’s expense, a Foreign Ministry official said, in a rare direct response to one of Erdogan’s now almost routine attacks on Israel.

The official, reading from a ministry response, said Israel was not looking for a confrontation with any country, including Turkey. But, he said, the impression being created is that Erdogan wants to integrate his country into the Arab world “on Israel’s back.”

“We suggest he look for a more creative way to integrate both into the Muslim and Western worlds,” the official said, and “not to turn into another extreme leader such as Hugo Chavez.”

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)?

7:48PM: I don’t know much about Chuck DeVore, conservative candidate for US Senate in 2010 against Barbara Boxer, but I like what I hear.

7:42PM: Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan “In” Shallah has apparently uncovered our insidious plans to take over all Arab and Islamic capitals of the world.

Islamic Jihad’s secretary-general in Palestine on Sunday described Israeli measures in Jerusalem as representing the last opportunity for the Muslim and Arab world to support the holy city against occupation.

“Israel is not acting in secret. Every Israeli plot and action is being carried out publicly,” Ramadan Shallah said in a telephone address to participants at a festival held in Istanbul, Turkey to show solidarity with Jerusalem.

“If Israel succeeds in realizing its goals of annexing and Judaizing Jerusalem, that will pave the way to controlling every capital in the Arab and Islamic world including Ankara, Cairo, Damascus, Amman, Riyadh, and others. Israel could even work its way toward Mecca and Medina,” he said.

Yep, that’s the reason we are building in Jerusalem, the city we yearn for in our prayers each and every day.

Batsh*t crazy doesn’t even begin to describe these people.

5:35PM: There are a few things certain in life. Such as death, taxes, and Iranian officials threatening Israel.

5:30PM: An anti-Israel Turkish tv series is so full of falsehoods that even Palestinians are angry about its depiction of IDF soldiers raping female palestinian prisoners.

Even the Palestinians are opposed to an anti-Israel Turkish television series that is being aired these days on two popular Arab satellite networks.

The 13-episode Separation: Palestinian in Love and in War (Cry of Stones) is about a Palestinian family that leaves for a vacation to Jordan, only to return to a home that had been demolished by the IDF.

The drama, which was first broadcast on Turkey’s state television last October, depicts IDF soldiers as cold-blooded murderers and rapists.

The Turkish drama, which has strained relations between Turkey and Israel, has also enraged many Palestinians, especially female prisoners held in Israeli jails.

The inmates are particularly outraged over scenes showing IDF soldiers “raping” a Palestinian women.

“This film defames the female prisoners and their struggles in occupation prisons,” the prisoners said in a statement. “We call on the producer of this Turkish drama to apologize to the Palestinian people for the scene which shows Israeli soldiers raping a Palestinian female prisoner called Miriam.”

The statement said that the scene has nothing to do with reality. They also condemned the scene where the family of the “rape victim” kills her upon her release from Israeli jail.

“Palestinian families have always embraced their daughters when they are released from prison,” the women said. “We see this [drama] as an attempt to defame the image of Palestinian female prisoners and as a public insult to the Palestinian people. This film serves only the occupation.”

The statement strongly denied the accusation made in the Turkish series according to which Palestinian women are raped in Israeli prisons.

“Those who think that a Palestinian female prisoner is raped when she’s arrested are living in an illusion and are mistaken,” the female prisoners said. “There has never been such a case. Nor have we heard of a Palestinian family that killed their daughter after her release.”

The women also called on the Saudi-owned MBC network to stop broadcasting the Turkish series immediately.

Palestinian Authority officials have also expressed outrage over the drama, dubbing it “offensive” and “detached from reality.”

Normally, palestinians are not so pedantic about sticking to the truth, so I can only assume that they have a real problem with the depiction of palestinian women being infected with Jew cooties.

2:42PM: Best opening paragraph to a news report today:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas  issued a presidential ordinance instructing the commanders of the Palestinian security establishment to burn tapes containing images and footage of nude Palestinian officials in “embarrassing postures and situations.”

2:40PM: Rawi Sultani, the Israeli Arab who attended the same gym as IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and passed on information to Hizbullah such as the gym’s location, how many security guards Ashkenazi had, the weapons they carried, and how they secured the gym, has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Here’s hoping he gets some “workouts” in prison. Bubba style.

11:45AM: Do you recall the case of the palestinian zombie? You’d think that the mainstream media would learn from it and be a bit more hesitant in accepting palestinian claims at face value.

Think again.

dead palestinian

Palestinians women mourn during the funeral of Mohammed Al-Damen Elayyat, 62, a Palestinian with French citizenship who collapsed Saturday while waiting to cross an Israeli checkpoint, and later died at a hospital, in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Deif, east of Jenin, Monday, April 5, 2010. Palestinians say Elayyat had a history of medical problems and had been waiting a long time at a military checkpoint. The Israeli military said they are investigating the death. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

I am not sure how long this caption was allowed to stand, but some point, it was revealed that the palestinian eyewitnesses were not so reliable after all, resulting in the below caption correction.

** ADDS INFORMATION FROM ISRAELI MILITARY SPOKESMAN AND CLARIFIES FIRST SENTENCE ** Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Mohammed Al-Damen Elayyat, 62, a Palestinian with French citizenship who according to Palestinian sources collapsed Saturday while waiting to cross an Israeli checkpoint, and later died at a hospital, in the West Bank village of Deir Abu Deif, east of Jenin, Monday, April 5, 2010. Palestinians say Elayyat had a history of medical problems and had been waiting a long time at a military checkpoint. A military spokesman said an investigation shows the man was not held at the crossing. He said the military was not involved in the incident. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

6:05AM: Sad: This guy thinks Israel will actually let him in.

A Saudi cleric has announced on his television show that he will visit Jerusalem next week to bolster Muslim claims to the city.

If Sheik Mohammed al-Areefi goes ahead with his plan, it would be an unprecedented trip for a prominent Saudi. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, but most Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, observe a boycott of Israel and ban travel there.

Al-Areefi told his viewers Sunday on the religious satellite channel Iqra that the next episode of his show would be about Muslim claims to Jerusalem and “Palestine”. Al-Areefi said he would visit the city next week, though he did not specify when.

He said he was not afraid of any “treachery from the Jews,” as he had put his trust in God.


Al-Areefi is viewed as a comparative moderate among Saudi Arabia’s conservative clergy.


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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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