The Day In Israel: Mon Nov 8th, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has met with US Vice President Joe Biden in New Orleans.

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Photo by: Government Press Office / Avi Ohayon

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during their meeting in New Orleans on Sunday that sanctions have hurt Iran but are not stopping Iran’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu said that a credible threat of military action is the only way to ensure that Iran will rethink its nuclear program. According Israeli estimates, the only time that Iran stopped its nuclear program was in 2003, when Iran believed there was a threat of military action.

In other words, Iran is just biden time.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

5:55PM: And the Most Appropriately Named British MP award goes to..

Two British MPs visited on Saturday two Palestinian lawmakers who are holed up in the Red Cross center in Jerusalem facing expulsion from the city by Israeli authorities.

MPs Jeremy Corbyn and Andrew Slaughter, both members of the Labour Party, met with Palestinian Legislative Council members Muhammad Totah and Ahmad Atoun in the Red Cross headquarters, along with members of the press and peace activist Lubna Masarwa.

The British officials said their visit was intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and rejection of Israel’s violation of Palestinians’ human rights.

4:45PM: Looks like Pamela Anderson has been introduced to Israeli driving.

Pamela Anderson has been left shaken up after a minor accident in Tel Aviv, Israel. The actress/model was on her way to meet the celebrity contestants taking part in the country’s upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” show, which she will guest on this week , when her chauffeur-driven BMW collided with a concrete post in a parking structure on the set of the program.

Anderson was quickly transferred to another vehicle and driven to her destination. A source tells WENN, “She was a little shaken but uninjured.”

4:26PM: Boo-frickin-hoo.

4:25PM: Months after their leader claimed to have incriminating evidence linking Israel to the murder of Rafik Hariri, it is becoming increasingly evident that Hizbullah itself was behind it.

Include one Hizbully who was himself turned into worm food.

Imad Mugniyah, Hezbollah’s operations officer who was killed in a 2008 car bombing in Damascus, was one of the key figures behind the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

According to the report, Mugniyah and his brother-in-law Mustafa Badreddine are two out of possible six senior Hezbollah members that will be indicted for the murder by the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in charge of investigating the assassination.

Hariri and 22 other people were murdered on February 14, 2005 in a suicide attack in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. An international tribunal was established in 2007 in order to probe the attack and indict those responsible.

Badreddine, one of the candidates to replace Mugniyah as Hezbollah’s operations officer, is the main suspect in Hariri’s murder.

Members of the tribunal have faced difficulty during the investigation, culminating with a recent event in which some 30 furious women managed to chase them away during a visit to a local clinic.

Lebanese prosecutor general Said Mirza instructed to investigate the incident, but Hezbollah officials were quick to deny any involvement.

1:38PM: Dennis Prager describes the Middle East problem in very clear terms.

1:08PM: Photo of the day: I’m willing to bet this is the most covered up she’s been in a long time.

Pamela Anderson

U.S. actress Pamela Anderson is seen at the Western Wall, Judiasm's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. Former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson said Sunday she will try her powers of seduction while in Israel on an unlikely audience, ultra-Orthodox Jewish lawmakers. Anderson, an honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is in Israel to participate in the local version of "Dancing with the Stars." (AP Photo/Sebastan Scheiner)

11:35AM: D’oh vey:

A Foreign Ministry security guard prevented an embarrassing diplomatic incident on Sunday: Minutes before German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s arrival, the guard discovered that the head of the ceremony had placed the Belgian flag at the entrance to the building instead of the German one.

Westerwelle visited the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem for a meeting and joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman.

To make the honorable guest feel at home, the head of the ceremony was asked to place the German flag at the entrance to the building. The staff confused the German flag with the Belgian one, which has similar colors but a different structure.

Luckily, one of the ministry’s security guards – most of whom are students and former combat soldiers – spotted the mishap and alerted the head of the ceremony just minutes before the German minister’s arrival. The flag was quickly replaced and an embarrassing incident was averted.

9:32AM: Still on the subject of Pamela Anderson, she seems quite taken by Israel.

9:28AM: Headline of the day: Pamela Anderson calls for ultra-orthodox to go topless


Meanwhile, she’s apparently knowledgeable in Jewish law.

Surely you will agree that the ways in which animals suffer and die in the fur trade violates Jewish principles, which strictly prohibit causing unnecessary suffering to animals,” she wrote.

6:05AM: Lebanese Journalist Ziyad Noujeim admits that the Lebanese and Arab culture is based on lies and denial, especially when it comes to Israel.

Not to mention bad decor.


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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