WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
***Please note that this blog will be published later in the day for the next few days due to rolling power blackouts in your humble servant’s locale. Israelstreet Breaking News will not be able to be updated during these blackouts.
UPDATE: SOUTHERN ISRAEL REMAINS UNDER HIGHEST ALERT FOR POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK. AT LEAST 5 HAMAS ROCKETS AND MORTARS WERE FIRED AT THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHERN ISRAEL IN THE LAST 24 HOURS.
The news has been so wrought with absurd contradictions this week that, even with the increased rocket fire in the South yesterday and today (see israelstreet breaking news), your humble servant feels compelled to spend today’s blog pointing out four of the more egregious ones:
1. On Monday, the IDF demolished three Jewish homes in the Samarian community of Migron (see my previous blog) after the homes were ruled ‘illegal’ by the Israel Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the IDF announced that it would no longer demolish illegally built Palestinian structures because ‘illegal’ Jewish buildings are not being demolished.
2. On Tuesday, comments made by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates were published that were harshly critical of PM Netanyahu for, among other things, “isolating” Israel. This came from a man who was an integral part of an Administration which spent its first two years doing little in terms of Middle East policy except isolating Israel because of construction in Jerusalem.
3. The New Israel Fund, as your humble servant pointed out yesterday, is devoted to smearing the name of the IDF wherever possible by funding groups that vilify and attempt to prosecute individual soldiers. It was revealed yesterday (after this blog appeared) that the IDF orders reservists, combat soldiers, and even cadet soldiers to attend seminars and workshops with titles such as “The Holocaust of 1948” and “The Nakba”–that are completely created, funded, and taught by the New Israel Fund.
4. Jonathan Pollard has now languished in a U.S. prison for almost 25 years after being convicted of spying for Israel–and specifically providing Israel with information that helped it attack the Osirak Iraqi nuclear power facility. This week we now know that the U.S. has been spying on Israel for years if not decades by wiretapping the Israel Embassy in Washington, D.C.–a wiretapping that Pollard’s chief accuser Caspar Weinberger was almost certainly aware of (and probably authorized).
Some days your humble servant just wants to scream at the world.