UPDATES 6 am Israel time Tuesday:
*At least two rockets were fired out of Gaza last night between 9 and 10 pm at southern Israel. One exploded in the vicinity of the Kerem Shalom Crossing and the other struck in the Chof Ashkelon region.
By 11:00 pm (how many times have we heard this before?) the IDF was claiming that the latter strike was a false alarm because the detection device “was turned in the wrong direction.” Turned in the wrong direction? There is only one direction–permanently fixed on Gaza. Where are we supposed to believe that the detection device was pointed? At Tel Aviv?
No matter. In coming days, the IDF will report that the Chof Ashkelon rocket was found after all. In any case, the Kerem Shalom missile was completely ignored, except by the residents of the area who reported running for cover when the missile exploded.
*The leader of Beit Yehudi, Naftali Bennett, sparked a firestorm of protest among leftists yesterday with his comments to the Yesha Council that the two-state solution is dead–and the time has come to “Build, build, build!”. Israel’s concession team of Netanyahu and Livni was quick to condemn the comments, and Livni was even quicker to point out that Israeli concession-giving will begin again next week.
*The new Israeli budget passed its first reading in the Knesset after a protracted debate last night by a vote of 58-44.
The hilarious Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton comedy show came to town yesterday with all of the Israeli news media and official circles pathetically atwitter.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem even went so far as to award Streisand an honorary doctor of philosophy degree for her “professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.” Of course the real reason that she received her honorary doctorate is that she has dumped piles of money on the university.
In her acceptance speech, Streisand took the occasion, as usual, to lambaste Israel–this time for its treatment of women–particularly the self-proclaimed Women Of The Wall. Upon finishing she quickly returned to the embrace of her 150+ person entourage which includes her personal guests, musicians, and crew members. However, it was Streisand’s dog which garnered the most attention by the sycophantic media in advance of her singing for Shimon Peres later this week.
Not to be outdone, the $500,000 man otherwise known as Bill Clinton sang paeans to Shimon last night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot. Clinton, you may remember, loved Shimon so much that he refused to come unless someone coughed up half a million dollars for his 45 minute speech. Then, when the money was ponied up and the media found out about it, Clinton was shamed into ostensibly returning the $500,000 payment to the Peres Academic Center.
Of course we can be sure that Slick Willy still got paid under the table by somebody.
And what did Bill have to say? Aside from the usual drivel of calling Peres “one of the world’s greatest visionaries” (we mustn’t forget how Shimon’s Oslo vision led to more than 1200 Israelis being blown to pieces by 169 Palestinian suicide bombers), Clinton opined that he just doesn’t see “an alternative to a Palestinian state”. And why is that? Not because there is any peace to be had with Palestinians. No, the Clinton argument was the old canard about the Palestinian birthrate outpacing the “settler birthrate”.
“Israel”, Clinton said in the tired old leftist refrain, “must take risks for peace.”
Why, your humble servant wonders, must Israel always take risks for “peace”? Why is it always Israelis who have to put their lives on the line to reach an accommodation with terrorists? Why don’t the Palestinians have to take “risks” for peace?
Oh well, today is another day, but Barbra and Bill will still be singing the same old song.