On Israeli Memorial Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with several children whose parents were killed serving in the Israel Defense Forces. At some point in the discussion, a little girl asked Bibi how he felt when his brother was famously killed in the raid on Entebbe. Here’s the brief exchange, captioned in English:
Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:
President Obama took two days to “congratulate” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent re-election, which prompted the New York Times to wonder “whether the [Obama administration’s antagonism toward Netanyahu] represents a lasting foreign policy shift.” Let’s investigate! We’ll begin our studies with Iran, of all places. Consider the following Press Statement published today by the State Department:
I’ll keep this post brief because it’s almost 4AM and this isn’t so important in the grand scheme of things.
I’m writing to present the latest failure of Facebook and Bing’s effort to facilitate mutual understanding across language barriers. Here’s one reaction to Bibi’s reelection, shared via Facebook comment:
Bibi looks set to remain Israel’s Prime Minister for a fourth term, so this is a good opportunity to remind you that there is no shortage of crazy Middle Eastern heads of state — but also that Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be one of them. Erdogan caught some flak towards the end of last year when he asserted that “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extended campaign ad — filmed before the United States Congress — has been grabbing all the headlines, but on Last Week Tonight last night, John Oliver drew viewers’ attention to an earlier piece in support of his reelection:
Often, by the time a newspaper publishes a critical correction, it’s far too little and far too late to make much of an impact on the narrative of the original story. For example, when tensions flared across Israel and the West Bank late last year, the New York Times published the following allegation:
Daniel Wickham made recent headlines for contrasting the presence of 21 world leaders at Sunday’s march in Paris with their actual commitments to a free press. He kicked off the litany as follows —
Here’s Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night, describing Obama’s plan to delay controversial decisions (on immigration and Keystone XL) until after this past Tuesday’s elections so Democratic candidates for Senate could attack his position:
Reports the Jerusalem Post:
Egypt: Israeli blockade ‘inhumane’
Egypt’s foreign ministry said that the country’s border with Gaza at Rafah remains open, despite media reports claiming the border was closed with exceptions for humanitarian or aid transfers.
“Since Israeli attacks commenced, Egypt has been adamant in keeping the Rafah crossing open continuously and exceptionally to allow for the passage of people and humanitarian aid convoys and to receive the wounded,” said the ministry in a statement, Ahram Online reported on Sunday.
[A]ccusations that Egypt was keeping the border closed are “in complete contradiction to facts on the ground.” In fact, the ministry said, it is Israel that continues its “inhumane” blockade on Gaza. The ministry demanded the blockade be lifted.
That’s sort of a funny demand from Egypt’s foreign ministry given that, according to the New York Times (and many others not cited here), Hamas’s latest attacks on Israel were really just a proxy fight against Egypt: