8 Adar 5778
22 February 2018
Picture of the Day
The USS Iwo Jima will be docking in Haifa next Thursday for three days. Home to 2500 U.S. sailors and marines, 30 assault helicopters, and six fighter jets, the 257 meter long ship is the premier carrier of Marine ground forces to remote locations.
It will be accompanied by 5 more ships with a complement of 4500 more soldiers. Its stated mission during the next six months is to patrol the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea.
The News on the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Israeli citizens on the ground reported that they were attacked by “rocks” and Molotovs at the Tunnels Checkpoint, the Al-Khader Junction, the Gush Etzion road near Hevron, Beit Haggai, Hittam Yehuda, Al Fawwar, Beit Furik, Sinjil, Mitzpeh Beni, Ofra, Givat Assaf, Ma’ale Levona, El Aruv, Mount Hevron, Otniel, Shechem, Herodion, Jayyus, the Tekoa Junction, throughout the Jordan Valley, Luban a-Sharqiya, Karmei Tzur, Qalqilya, Hizma, and Hawara.
The above reports were made to rotter, hakolhayehudi, Rescue 443, and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
Israel’s Unit 8200 thwarts terror attack on Australian airplane . . .
It was released for publication yesterday that Israel’s Unit 8200, which monitors cyber messages worldwide, found out last summer that Islamic terrorists were plotting to blow up an Australian airline as it flew from Sydney to Abu Dhabi.
Israel proceeded to inform Australian authorities.
A subsequent police raid discovered that the plot to blow up the plane had reached its “final stages.”
The Israel-Egypt gas deal begins to sour already . . .
As you undoubtedly know by now, dear reader, an agreement was signed several days ago which specifies that Egypt will buy 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas from our Leviathan and Tamar reserves.
The Egyptians say that this is a one-time purchase which will give them time to develop their own huge reserves off coast. They also say that the gas from Israel will be less expensive than the gas that Egypt is currently buying from other countries.
However, at a press conference this morning in Cairo, President Sisi went to great lengths to declare that the agreement is not between countries, but between “private parties.”
Why was this declaration necessary? Because of the outpouring of hostility from the Egyptian media yesterday which declared that the agreement was a “national disgrace.” We can expect demonstrations in the street in the near future–and don’t be too surprised if the entire agreement is eventually voided.
Such is the nature of the cold peace with Egypt.
The Saga of “the Watch”: Yesterday’s Dose Of Fake Netanyahu News
As we have often reported here on israelstreet, the degree of collusion between the Israel police and the Israeli media is astonishing. Each day in an attempt to topple the Netanyahu government, the police feed the media one more allegation against Netanyahu. Each night in an attempt to topple the Netanyahu government, Channels 1, 2, and 10 spend the first 15 minutes of their newscasts breathlessly “reporting” the allegation.
Day after day. Night after night.
So here was yesterday’s allegation leaked by the police:
1. Back in 2003, Netanyahu was Foreign Minister.
2. He took an official trip to Italy with his wife Sara. Included in the delegation was Netanyahu’s assistant/confidant Shlomo Filber.
3. Netanyahu met with Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi. At the conclusion of the meeting, Berlusconi gave Netanyahu an engraved Bulgari watch.
4. Filber told Netanyahu that he (Netanyahu) could not accept the watch, recorded it as a gift to be put into the National Archives, and placed it in a diplomatic pouch.
5. Filber then says that he was screamed at by Sara Netanyahu for recording the watch as a gift.
That is it. Total. Complete. The entire allegation about “the watch.”
And that is what the Israel media reported last night along with interviews of opposition lawmakers calling for Netanyahu to resign because of “the watch.”
But someone went back this morning and found an article in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper which told a different story (and this in a newspaper that despises Netanyahu).
According to the article dated January 2, 2003:
1. Berlusconi gave Netanyahu an “extravagant Bulgari watch worth 6,000 shekels.”
2. Netanyahu immediately told Berlusconi that Israeli law forbade him from accepting gifts to which Berlusconi replied “That’s your problem in Israel.” This was reported by a reporter in the room.
3. Netanyahu immediately instructed that the watch be placed in a diplomatic pouch and sent to the national archives. This was reported by a reporter in the room.
That was the end of the watch story.
A watch, by the way, that still remains in the National Archives.
What we have here is yet another incredible example of the fake news that pours out of the Israel police and media everyday.
Who knows what allegation against Netanyahu this afternoon will bring?