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Monday, November 01, 2004

If any of you readers happen to have been washed up on my lily-pad via a link from Tal G, welcome to my humble pond.

I apologise for the fact that blogging has been ultralite in the past years, owing to the pressures of tadpoles, work, moving pond, etc.

Just remember, don't believe a word you read in the press about the Middle East: go and learn Arabic and read it for yourself.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Why do Western journalists insist upon adding the words "the Holy City" to the name of Najaf every time they mention it. To the best of my knowledge, none of the Western news services reported that a Palestinian tried to cut the throat of a Jewish policemen in the Holy City of Jerusalem; or that the Palestinian bomers who were intercepted a few days ago were attempting to carry out an attack against hte Holy City of Haifa (it is the Bahai world centre); or that al-Qa'ida are threatening massive terrorist attacks in the Holy City of Rome.

Why does the Shi'ite Holy City merit this unique epithet?

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Avraham "Son of-" Burg has decided to leave the Knesset. According to the Jerusalem Pest,

Officials close to Burg said he has accepted an offer from the London-based 3-i venture capital fund. His spokeswoman said the fund interested Burg because it would be investing in development areas.

That's right, Burg is leaving the Knesset to take up a very lucrative job in high finance not because of the money, but for the good of humanity. Very convincing.

Anyway, since like his Geneva partner Yossi Beilin, Burg does not regard the Knesset or the Israeli government as important for Israeli decision making, he can pursue is career while still running the country, unelected. Perhaps he will even find a bit more time for bashing Israel in Le Monde.

A sad loss to Israeli politics.


After a lengthy period of radio silence, I have decided to revive the Ribbity Blog. Recent world developments have shocked, outraged, moved, entertained and otherwise emoved me, and I sense a need for catharsis. Further comments shall ensue shortly.

Friday, January 30, 2004

On days like this I sit in front of the computer, surfing from news site to news site, hoping that something dramatic is going to happen. One of the most frustrating aspects of the terrorist war is that it is not fought in decisive battles. A massacre occurs in an Israeli residential neighbourhood but there is no full-scale mobilization, no declaration of war, no call up of the reserves, only the drip drip dripping of local actions.

The blood has been washed away and the names announced. The King of the Muqata`a sits and smiles at his work.

Perhaps the time has come to drag him out of his pit and check his teeth.

Monday, December 22, 2003
BBC For Israeli Temple Mount

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was attacked about an hour ago by a Muslim mob in the Al-Aqsa mosque. The BBC reports Egypt Minister Attacked in Israel.

Ah, so they admit that the Al-Aqsa mosque is a part of Israel!

UPDATE: The BBC have now changed the headline to read Egyptian Minister Attacked at Mosque.

For a really great and realistic account of the events, see Alli J's comedy version.

One Big Happy March

Yesterday the Frog Family - Ribbity, the Ribbitzen and the Tadpoles - were approached on the street by a charming young lady - Japanese, I believe - who invited us to participate in a peace march that will take place in Jerusalem soon (I have mislaid the sheet she gave us). The interesting thing was that the information sheet was written in both Hebrew and Arabic, but the text of each version differed. If I find the sheet I'll post something about the two versions.

Thursday, November 27, 2003
New Tadpole

Dr. R. Frog and Mrs. R. Froglette are delighted to announce to arrival of a new Tadpollette this morning at 4.40 am. Tadpole and Froglette are well.

Dr. Frog will be taking the tads Rib and Rob to visit their new sister this afternoon.

Not much blogging going down these days, but a lot of ribbiting.

Monday, October 20, 2003
Most back attack on Israeli outlet restaurant

reports the Gulf News.

Seventy-five per cent of Palestinians support the suicide bombing of an Israeli restaurant two weeks ago in which 21 people died, a survey showed yesterday.


In a question asking whether they supported or opposed the October 4 bombing in the northern city of Haifa, 75 per cent said they either supported the attack or strongly supported it. Seventeen per cent of respondents said they opposed the bombing and 4.4 per cent said they strongly opposed the attack.

Ayoub Mustafa, one of the pollsters, told Reuters the number may have been artificially high because respondents were not told in the question that all the 21 dead were civilians.

Like they didn't know...