The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports:

Walid al-Moallem

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Saturday that “While the world has recognized the constructive role carried out by Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad to maintain security and stability of the region, the public opinion still remembers the American fabricated campaign before the war on Iraq.

It seems that the current American Administration is trying to repeat the same scenario.” Minister al-Moallem was answering a question by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on recent statements by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting of the American Zionist lobby.

“We warn the United States of adopting the Israeli false allegations and confirm that what actually destabilizes the region is the US excessive supply of all sophisticated weapons to Israel and its going along with Israeli government’s false allegations at our expense,” al-Moallem added.

In a speech at the American Zionist lobby in Washington and in the presence of Israeli war minister Ehud Barak, Clinton had adopted Israel’s allegations that Scud missiles were delivered through Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, reiterating the depth of the alliance between the United States and Israel and that Washington will always support Israel.

Did he just say “the world has recognized the constructive role carried out by Syria under the leadership of President Bashar al-Assad to maintain security and stability of the region?”

Just checking.

It is also interesting how he mentions the campaign before the war on Iraq of all things.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)?

Moshe Hirsch Yasser Arafat

8:30PM: Coincidence? This day on which the anti-Zionist Rabbi Moshe Hirsch kicked the bucket, Theodore Herzl, the father of modern political Zionism, was born.

8:18PM: Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, the leader of the anti-Israel Neturei Karta organization and former Minister for Jewish Affairs in Yasser Arafat’s “government”, has passed away.

While I do not think the world is worse off without him – considering his desecrating G-d’s name by supporting terrorists who murdered his fellow Jews – this blogger sees him as a more complex individual.

6:00PM: Photo of the day:

Fatah palestinian flag
An Israeli soldier stands on the roof of a Palestinian house while a Palestinian protester waves the Palestinian (right) and Fatah movement flags in theWest Bank. Israeli and Palestinian officials have said they expect to start indirect peace talks within days, following the Arab League's endorsement of a US-brokered plan to end the impasse. (AFP/File/Marco Longari)

Actually, this photo first appeared 3 weeks ago with a slightly different caption, but I prefer this one with its mention of the “peace talks,” which contrasts nicely with the yellow Fatah flag on the left.

In case, you don’t know to what I am referring, allow me to make it clearer.

Fatah flag

Yep, that’s the Fatah flag showing the map of all of Israel under rifles.

Meanwhile, those who fail to educate themselves as to this conflict still believe it’s all about some “occupied areas” and “settlements,” and that Fatah are the “moderates.”

4:55PM: Justice Richard Goldstone yesterday attended his grandson’s bar mitzvah, with no protests or war crimes being reported.

12:46PM: Ha’aretz reports: Peres: Proximity talks are vital necessity for Israel

He said this in a meeting with Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.

And judging by the photo of the two of them, Peres did not achieve the close proximity talks to which he is accustomed.

Peres Espersen
Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen, left, shakes hands with Israeli President Shimon Peres before their meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, May 2, 2010. Espersen is on an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

12:35PM: A Jerusalem court has sentenced a gang of Arab goat thieves between 10 and 48 months in prison, along with fines of between NIS 10,000 and NIS 20,000, for stealing goats worth NIS 750,000.

That’s a lot of goats. But I guess the demand is there..


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27 thoughts on “The Day In Israel: Sunday May 2nd, 2010”

  1. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    I owe the IRS a semi-apology. They were correct; there system will not let you file electronically from a foreign address. But I had forgotten the schedule M, in which the U.S. gives me a free check because I worked for a month from the U.S., even though it wasn't enough to pay taxes on. (Maybe this will compensate me for all of the time I spent trying to work my way though the U.S. tax system?)

  2. Jim from Iowa

    There is the recent George Clooney movie "Men Who Stare At Goats." This could be the Palestinian version-"Men Who Shtupp At Goats." (I know its not good English–or Yiddish for that matter–but I'm pretty sure the Palestinian actors aren't any better.)

  3. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    By the way, Jim, by insisting the a future PLO state take in ALL of the refugees, you've rather refuted your contention that you are somewhere in the mainstream. Unless, of course, you refer to the mainstream of anti-Israel opinion, a la James Baker.

  4. Jim from Iowa

    Well, Michael, I've never put forth my official position paper on the subject (I might have to refer to my official spokesperson, Cousin Eddie) I think it is important to discuss the issue. Palestinian suffering, whether or not self-induced, always comes back to work against Israel somehow. I think its worth exploring the possibility of making a homeland for the Palestinians on the West Bank a home to self-identified Palestinians refugees.

  5. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    I think that if they were given a chance to live decent lives in existing Arab countries, they would go for it. Please note that I am not talking about expulsion here; I am talking about moving them out of refugee camps and building them good housing in the same areas, as Israel tried to do in Gaza before the U.N. stopped them.

  6. In this connection, nothing would do more to advance the cause of peace than to abolish UNRWA and let the inhabitants of the camps decide their own future. For those unfamiliar with this venerable UN agency, it is the prototypical self-perpetuating welfare bureaucracy that takes people living in misery and keeps them in that state while its officials live high on the hog. Former NYC mayor Ed Koch memorably referred to such people as poverty pimps. Anyway, I wouldn't expect the current Obama administration to do the right thing and terminate UNRWA, since the Republicans, when in power, did nothing despite decades of badmouthing the U.S. welfare system. Meanwhile, American taxpayers foot the lion's share of the UNRWA bill.

  7. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    Actually, welfare reform, done under Clinton after the Republicans took power in Congress, did pretty well. The earlier New Jersey version had amazing results.

    But you are 100% correct about UNWRA. It is partly Hamas in itself. NOTHING is doing as much to cause the current mess as that organization.

  8. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    Who are you talking about? At any rate, the debate you referred to is just for the lections. The best chance for a bill was under W, and even though both sides agreed, popular protest knocked it out. Obama's political capital is pretty muxh gone at this point (it could come back, of course).

  9. Dave posted a video: "It is also interesting how he mentions the campaign before the war on Iraq of all things."

    Well my point is that a perfectly normal law has been turned into the antichrist right before our eyes.

    1. Michael Zvi Krumbein

      What law? Perhaps if you were around during the last round of "reform", under Reagan, you would see it differently.

      1. I am hoping we are on the same side of this. I have been a bit vague, but I support the law. It is basically a restatement of federal law that allows police under state jurisdictions to determine whether people who have committed offenses are here legally.

        The lie that has been made into truth is that it allows police to pull you over for "looking" illegal, when there is absolutely nothing in the law that says that. You literally have to have committed a traffic offense or a robbery, or murder, or whatever BEFORE they can consider your status.

        1. Michael Zvi Krumbein

          (The link does not work, although I suppose I could have found it from there with some more work.)

          My understanding is that the current law specifically does not allow racial profiling, and the new version will not even allow taking race into account. I did understand, though, that they are using Probable Cause, which does not require commision of a crime, but is certainly not new with this law. The new version will toughen up the requirements.

          I thought it was very funny that they were making comparisions to Nazi Germany. Even if the imaginary law the critics referred to was real, it would be unAmerican but hardly Nazi. They can stop you here, I believe, and ask for your papers, although I have never seen it happen (except to me!). I remeber discussing the idea of being required to carry papers in Yeshiva here years ago, and the Americans were surprised while the British thought it normal. (P.S. I do not, in fact, make a point of carrrying papers, unless I am going to enter some place with a security check.)

        2. Michael Zvi Krumbein

          I'm sorry I misunderstood you. It's nice to find someone else who actually reads laws (Yeshiva training helps!). An interesting excersize is to go through the U.S. constitution and amendments, and to see whether and where it mentions race, religion, and sex (no much).

  10. The law actually does require an offense, at least a traffic stop. Benito Benitez could walk by with a sombrero, mustache, and thick Spanish accent and there is not a thing the cop could do that they couldnt do before.

    Yeah, I posted a few times on these groups that I was offended by the comparison. Its not like they have to walk around with badges.

  11. Michael Zvi Krumbein

    Do you have the number and title? I am still trying to find the law from your link.

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