The Day In Israel: Tues Nov 16th, 2010

The Israeli government is set to vote on a withdrawal from the village of Ghajar.

ghajarPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will bring to a vote Wednesday before the cabinet an Israeli pullback from one of the most sensitive points along the border with Lebanon, Israeli officials said Monday.

The call to pull out of the northern portion of the village of Ghajar is surprising, considering the number of times in the past the two men have criticized the unilateral withdrawals from the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.
Netanyahu also declared on a number of occasions during the past year that Israel will not be able to rely on international forces to defend its borders, for example after a future establishment of a Palestinian state.

Still, this does not seem to deter him from pulling out of the northern portion of Ghajar without an agreement with the Lebanese government. Control of the territory would then be transferred to the UNIFIL, which would also be responsible for preventing terrorists and criminals from crossing through the village.

I wonder how UNIFIL will prevent terrorists and criminals from crossing through the village. Here are some ideas:

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

10:32PM: Israel’s Channel 10 has interviewed a former Iranian army lieutenant.

Iran has a nuclear military plan and intends to acquire nuclear weapons, said a former Iranian army lieutenant in an interview with Channel 10 news Tuesday night.

Bahazad Masawi, a former fighter pilot in the Iranian Air Force who defected from the regime and is in hiding in Paris, said in the interview that “Ahmadinejad creates terror and incites war in the area. This is not good for the Iranian people. Ahmadinejad makes the situation in Iran and in the entire region worse.

The former pilot, who flew Iran’s F-14 fighter jets, stressed that Israel is not an enemy of Iran. “The Iranian nation is not an enemy of the Israeli people and in the past they were not enemies either, they had always been friends. It is not possible to separate the Iranian people from the people of Israel. King Cyrus is the one who saved the Jews.

Masawi expressed regret in the interview for Iran’s support for Hizbullah and for terrorist organizations. “All of the state’s money finances terrorism, the Islamic regime in Iran is the biggest supporter of terrorism in the world. Everyone knows this,” he said.

Speaking on his role as a pilot in Iran’s air force, Masawi said, “We had no access to the fighting techniques of the Israeli Air Force, it belongs to Iranian intelligence. They are the ones who are involved in this issue. We had no need to spy on anyone, our job was to fly.”

Masawi fled to Paris a few days ago, he told Channel 10, through a network of military officers who oppose the Islamic regime. Speaking about the regime, the pilot said, “One young man comes out and speak against the Iranian regime, shouting in the streets, ‘Death to the dictatorship,’ and then they arrest him, rape him, imprison him, and then kill him. This is called a dictatorial regime. This is not a just regime.”

9:00PM: Most Polite Way to Tell People To Get F***** award goes to..

Minister of Religious Services Yacov Margi (Shas) is calling on the secular public to boost its birthrate in order to battle the demographic threat Israel is facing.

In a forum titled “Haredim in Israeli society” held last week as part of the Israel-Sderot Conference on Social Issues, Margi said, “Bring more kids to the world instead of complaining about the haredim. I, as a haredi man, fear for the fate of Israel.”

4:26PM: An Israeli official has accused the PA of trying to put the kibosh on a settlement freeze deal.

A state official said Tuesday that despite the cabinet majority Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured for the move, it’s the Palestinians who are delaying a finalized version of the proposal.

“What is causing the delay in drafting an agreed version of the American paper is the Palestinian claim that the understandings between Clinton and Netanyahu are too good for Israel and deny them of pressure means,” the state official said.

“The political benefits take the pressure off Israel and prevent the Palestinians from carrying out their strategic plan of evading direct talks and trying to impose UN resolutions on Israel.”

In other words, despite insisting that building in “settlements” is the main obstacle to peace, the PA is opposing a deal that would ensure this at least for 90 days because it is not in line with their real strategy: Imposed solution on Israel and solution.

3:10PM: This next abomination from the B(D)S set is described as a flash mob.

More like flash mob fail.

I’d suggest they don’t quit their day jobs, but that would be assuming too much.

2:04PM: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly considering buying a house in Israel.

American actor Leonardo DiCaprio is looking to build a house in Israel, the Israel Hayom daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Citing associates of DiCaprio, the report said that the actor – the boyfriend of Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli – wants to buy a plot of land on which to build a house that will serve as his base during visits to Israel.

I wonder if he will be accused of stealing land from the palestinians.

1:50PM: Someone doesn’t seem happy to be there..

Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, second right, attend Eid al- Adha prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice commemorating the biblical story of Abraham.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

12:45PM: Quote of the day:

 “The Zionist regime engages in various maneuvers in order to maintain its readiness and create psychological warfare, but even they couldn’t even defeat Hezbollah and Hamas, so they are no threat to Iran.”

– Iranian commander General Ahmad Miqani.

Besides the anti-Israel trash-talking, sounds to me like the Iranian is putting down Hizbullah and Hamas.

Here’s hoping they take issue with this.

10:55AM: Brian of London reports on yesterday’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)’s International Conference on Cyber Terrorism at the IDC Herzliya. With a twist.


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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