• For more commentary/analysis of Obama’s upcoming visit and the peace process, see the NY Times,
Some of the issues raised relate to Israel’s efforts to reach out to Arabs in Arabic vs. Arab efforts to reach out to Israelis in Hebrew. So it’s ironic that on the same day, I learn that Hamas now has a Hebrew-language Twitter feed. Go figure . . .
Hezbollah’s Hot Seat
• French newspaper Le Figaro named the Canadian and Australian Hezbollah suspects. The Daily Star picked up on the story:
Quoting information from what it said was a “very classified” report presented by the Bulgarian Public Prosecution in which it accused Hezbollah of involvement in the bombing, the newspaper identified the three suspects as Jack Philip Martin, Ralph William Rico, both Canadian nationals, and Brian Jameson, an Australian . . .
According to the classified information obtained by the paper’s correspondent from Bulgarian investigators, the first suspect died in the explosion with a 3-kilogram bomb he was carrying in a backpack.
His two accomplices have returned to Lebanon via a European country, the paper said.
• A confidential Canadian intelligence report obtained by the National Post sheds light on “significant state sponsorship” Hezbollah receives from Iran and Syria.
• Some Canadian officials want to remove citizenship from the Canadian national connected to the Burgas bombing. That’s one step a Globe & Mail staff-ed opposes.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• NY Times columnist Tom Friedman’s trying to reconcile Israeli, Indian, Iraqi and UN views on what to do with Syria. Too many “big pictures” must give Friedman a headache.
• Egyptian judge bans YouTube for a month over The Innocence of Muslims video. The Washington Post notes that the ruling could be applied to other social media sites.
Judge Hassouna Tawfiq, who presided over the case, said the ban would also apply to other Web sites that circulated the video, including, potentially, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
It was not clear when the ban would come into effect. Implementation of the ruling is left to Egypt’s prime minister and communications minister. The court’s decision can also be appealed.
• War journalist action figures? How about media watchdog action figures who look as gritty as me?
For more, see the previous Israel Daily News Stream.