Israel Daily News Stream 03/22/2012

Israel and the Palestinians

Worth reading: In a WSJ op-ed (click via Google News), ambassador Ron Prosor spotlights Gaza rocket fire and the world’s silence:

Time and time again, Israel has warned the world that Gaza is a disaster waiting to happen. Yet, over the past decade, the ratio of rocket attacks to words of condemnation from the United Nations Security Council is 12,000 to zero.

While Hamas blames Israel for Gaza’s fuel crisis, Palestinians blame Egypt:

Kanaan Abid, head of Gaza’s energy authority, accused the Egyptian intelligence agency (Mukhabarat) on Tuesday for thwarting a deal between the governments of Gaza and Egypt to supply Gaza with fuel. Abid told Filastin daily, a Hamas affiliate, that the Egyptian goal is to force  Palestinians to import their fuel through the Kerem Shalom border crossing controlled by  Israel.

“It is the right of the Palestinian people to lash out at Egypt,” Abid told Filastin.

More at AP.

YNet: Congress recognizes Iron Dome’s success with a nudge from ambassador Michael Oren.

The more things change, the more they stay the same:

Donors urged to help Palestinians

Iranian Atomic Urgency

From Pat Oliphant‘s poison pen, via Amir Mizroch. Portraying US-Israel decisionmaking as a boxer-manager relationship is low. It also distorts the unseen Iranian threat to Israel . . .

Ari Shavit (NY Times) says “all hell will break loose” if Israel attacks Iran. Problem is, the consequences he describes of not attacking Iran would also have a “hellish undertone.” Have your happy pills handy.

Arab Spring Winter

Filming Syrian soldiers is dangerous business. I sure hope the cameraman’s ok. Video backstory at the LA Times.

I find Lenny Ben-David‘s idea rather appealing:

Israel should consider the establishment of a large field hospital at the Golan Heights crossing between Syria and Israel at Majdal Shams on the Syrian side of the border.  The United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, UNDOF, located on the Golan since 1974, could provide the diplomatic cover.  The Red Cross – if given access through a safe corridor – could provide ambulances to move wounded from devastated Daraa in southern Syria or from the nearby Kuneitra region where fighting was reported earlier this week.

To avoid another Syrian and Iranian-directed “civilian” march on Israel’s defense lines, like the June 2011 attempt, the field hospital must be on the Syrian side.

The Times of London (paywall) has a rundown of the fate of Col. Gadaffi’s kids. A quickie scorecard:

  1. Captured , awaiting trial: Saif al-Islam
  2. Fled to Algeria: Hannibal, Muhammed and daughter Aisha
  3. Fled to Niger: Saadi
  4. Dead: Saif al-Arab, Mutassim, and Khamis

Rest O’ the Roundup

Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority (via Haaretz) cancelled another Israeli tourism advertisement. The accompanying map didn’t properly demarcate the Golan as disputed territory:

Because we understood that the borders and status of the occupied territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights were the subject of much international dispute, and because we considered that the ad implied that those territories were part of the state of Israel, we concluded that the ad was misleading.

Ken Livingstone, who is running for London mayor, made some condescending “rich Jews” remark — at a gathering of his party’s Jewish supporters. Not smart. UK papers picked up on the Jewish Chronicle‘s scoop.

According to the JPost, Egypt’s spooks are struggling with their spy satellite program:

As part of the scientific veneer, the satellite program is run under the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences . . . .

But in 2010, the program took a turn for the worse, when all communications with EgyptSat-1 were lost.

Dozens of Egyptian scientists lost their jobs in the aftermath.

(Image of Merah via YouTube/theanti2007)

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