Monthly Archives: November 2012

Good News Friday

Despite all the bad news and not-so-good news of the past weeks, I’ve decided there’s no point in letting the news get me down, so it’s time to get back into the swing of Good News Friday.  This week’s items … Continue reading

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UN vote on granting observer status to fictitious Palestinian state passes 138:9, 41 abstentions

As expected, the vote in the UN’s General Assembly on granting observer status to the Palestinian Authority as “a non-member state” has passed by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions. The abstentions are more than I expected, but they … Continue reading

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The Palestinians’ bid for a state at the UN – davka on 29th November

The 29th November is a special date in the Israeli national calendar. As I wrote last year: known in Israel by that strange quirk of mixing Biblical Hebrew with Anglicised calendar months as Kaf Tet beNovember (the Hebrew letters Kaf … Continue reading

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More political shenanigans in Israel: Tzippi Livni starts yet another new party

As if Israel had a dearth of political parties and all it needed to make things right was just one more, Tzippi Livni has launched a new party in time for the upcoming elections. Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Ehud Barak quits politics; Likud elections move party to the right

In a dramatic announcement today, Ehud Barak announced he was quitting politics: “I have decided to resign from politics and I will not be running in the [upcoming] elections,” Barak told reporters at his office in the Defense Ministry headquarters … Continue reading

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New shipment of Iranian missiles already on its way to Gaza?

In totally unsurprising news, not quite 5 days after the ceasefire went into effect, and Hamas are already re-arming: Israeli satellites have spotted Iranian ships laden with rockets for Gaza: Israeli satellites have detected a cargo vessel docked at an … Continue reading

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