• Sir Tom Jones, another 60s music legend, is facing BDS pressure to drop a Tel Aviv appearance this October. In 2013, it’s not unusual for stars to dismiss the thunderball of self-righteous indignation. Must be those funny familiar forgotten feelings of Alicia Keys and Eric Burdon . . . .
• Acquitting three BDSniks, a French court ruled that urging people to boycott Israeli products isn’t a hate crime. JTA coverage.
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• Quote of the Day from Sunday talk shows (via Wall St. Journal)
”That means gas prices go up for us, the Suez Canal gets compromised and Egypt becomes a staging area for terrorist acts against Israel. This is an absolute disaster in the making.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on the consequences if Egypt becomes a failed state, speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
• For more Arab Spring commentary/analysis, see Yaakov Lappin, Dan Margalit and Mark Steyn. And if Ron Ben-Yishai is correct, the Muslim Brotherhood’s war of attrition with the army is in many ways similar to the tactics Israel faces.
• Israel is moving to “significantly boost trade and economic ties with Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru.” According to Haaretz:
The measure is also aimed at compensating for the weak economies of Europe, which are still Israel’s biggest trade partner, and to create a new growth engine to complement the government’s efforts to build trade and economic ties with China and the other growth economies of East Asia.
(Image of Jones via Flickr/Ninian Reid)
For more, see yesterday’s Israel Daily News Stream.