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Thursday, January 16, 2003
 
GREAT HEADLINE IN TODAY'S PEST

Germany to lend Israel Patriot anti-missile systems


Which is very handy because now I know where to go if I need to borrow one.



Wednesday, January 15, 2003
 
WHY DO SCHOLARS THINK IT IS A FAKE?

It probably is one, and I'll explain all tomorrow if I can be bothered to fight with Blogger again.

*PS: I didn't need to bother. See now this article.


 
HERE'S THE INSCRIPTION



Tuesday, January 14, 2003
 
BLOODY BLOGGER

I just wrote a long post explaining various aspects of the Labour party's political behaviour, and proving why the recently publicised Temple Mount inscription is a fake. Unfortunately, Blogger decided to erase everything I'd written. The program has become unbearable and I'm thinking of quitting.

 
HERE'S A GREAT STORY

This morning's Jerusalem Pest reports:

Labor's new election slogan: "Its either us or them"
By THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF

Ynet (the Internet arm of the Yediot Ahronot) reports that Labor party strategists have been meeting to discuss the Labor party's new slogan, which will accompany the party's electioneering from tomorrow until the elections on January 28 2003.

Ynet reports that the likely (Hebrew) slogan will be: "Its either us or them"


Well now, that will be a difficult decision.




Monday, January 13, 2003
 
OH SO BOLD

Thanks to a tip-off I now know that half of this page appeared in bold. However, since the wonderful Blogger program refuses to allow me to correct the error it will have to stay that way. Am I the only frog that has problems making corrections on Blogger?


Sunday, January 12, 2003
 
BUT FOR LIGHT RELIEF

read this entertaining story in today's Ha'aretz: The decision to pull the plug on PM's broadcast has boosted his support among Russian immigrants. I guess the Russian immigrants know more of what smacks of a totalitarian state than so-called "liberal" Israeli journalists and lawmakers.


 
IN CASE THERE WAS ANY DOUBT

about how the Arabic press regards terror, the current "news flash" headline zipping across Al-Jazeera's web site should dispell all doubts:

Martyrdom of two people who tried to infiltrate Israel through Egyptian territory; killing of one Israeli by the bullets of an armed person who attacked a settlement in Northern Israel


The "settlement" in question is Gadish, a moshav on the "Israeli" side of the so-called Green Line. But then when did anyone really distinguish between the two sides of the Green Line while condoning murder?


 
MORE ON CHESHIN

If the learned judge wanted to demonstrate that he is divorced from the normal modes of public behaviour he could not have done a better job. Reading his words in the Israeli press this morning (and listening to further statements by him mentioned on the radio), it is clear that Cheshin regards himself as the very embodiment of the law. "I do not have to justify myself to anybody" he was cited as saying this morning by radio news.

As I have said, it is possible that from a legal perspective, Cheshin was correct in his decision to cease the live broadcast of the press conference, even if it was not wise. His defensive behaviour last night was less acceptable in a democracy. If he is there to uphold the law, let him uphold it equally.

You only had to turn on the radio or television over the past few weeks to hear a ceaseless diatribe of election propaganda from Labour party politicians. Such propaganda was broadcast both before and after Sharon's speech by Yuli Tamir and Avraham Burg. However, since the learned judge, by his own admission in this morning's Ma'ariv, rarely turns on the television in his chambers, he has perhaps missed a great deal of what is being broadcast. Perhaps he should watch Channel One's Erev Hadash on a more regular basis. Or perhaps such Labour propaganda has become so regular that he cannot distinguish it from balanced reporting.