Wednesday briefs

If you’ve lost Joe Klein, you’ve lost Middle Europe: When even Time magazine correspondents are commenting on how crappy the deal between Fatah and Hamas is, you know that it stinks really, really, really badly.

Check the skies for flying porkers: The AP profiles Israeli peace moves toward Iran. Of course, being the AP, they tell you this:

Before the revolution, Israel and Iran were close allies. Some 100,000 Jews of Iranian descent live in Israel today, many with fond memories and still strong ties to friends and relatives in their homeland. An estimated 25,000 Jews still live in Iran.

But they don’t tell you this:

On the eve of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, 80,000 Jews lived in Iran. In the wake of the upheaval, tens of thousands of Jews, especially the wealthy, left the country, leaving behind vast amounts of property.

That second paragraph, of course, is why there is such a large population of Iranian Jews in Israel.

You just can’t stop the haters from making hateful asses of themselves: A columnist in the Las Vegas Review wrote about the special post-Shabbat caucuses in Nevada on Saturday night. She called out the Jew-hate code words (“New York Lawyers”, for one) and accused some of Ron Paul’s followers of being anti-Semitic. In the comments to the article, they prove her right.

AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Pull the other one: How can you tell Hassan Nasrallah is lying? His lips are moving.

Iran will not ask Lebanon’s Hezbollah to retaliate if Israel attacks Iran’s nuclear facilities, the leader of the militant group said Tuesday.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters by video link that in case of such an Israeli attack on Iran, his leadership would make a decision about a response. Hezbollah is funded by Iran.

The One Is Not Happy: Shmuel Rosner, no fan of Benjamin Netanyahu’s, points out that Bibi is going to be around for a while yet, perhaps longer than the Obama Administration, which has tried so hard to get him kicked out of office. Cue world’s smallest violin.

And just for kicks and giggles: Ha’aretz is publishing the hacked emails of the Syrian administration. Georgie-Porgie Galloway is seen slobbering over the dictator’s murderous feet in the hopes of keeping his money coming in.

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2 Responses to Wednesday briefs

  1. Alex Bensky says:

    Careful, Meryl. If you criticize the PA-Hamas deal or suggest that Israel isn’t the main stumbling block to an outbreak of sweetness and light across the Middle East, you may be harming the peace process..

    By the way, I checked J Street’s website (I do the dirty work so you don’t have to) and there is to date no statement on this form of unity. There is a call for the US to release aid to the Palestinians so they can continue to put on their version of Sesame Street. If J Street has ever called for even the least of little limitations on aid to the Palis, no matter what they do or say, I have missed it.

    Incidentally, this particular children’s tv show pushes “Resistance Jihad” and had one of its beloved characters, a Mickey Mouse clone, killed by an Israeli interrogator and the other characters vow to grow up and avenge this by bombings and such.

  2. Joshua says:

    Alex: The show that J Street is talking about funding is a legitimate licensed version of “Sesame Street.” It is not the same show as “Tomorrow’s Pioneers,” the show which had the Mickey Mouse-lookalike character being killed by the Israelis, which airs on a different network.

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