Independence Day 2017

To the good ship Israel
& all who sail in her
or with her
Yom Atzmaut Sameach
Happy Independence Day

Today is a very interesting day distant but not unrelated to Israel’s independence.

  • In Doha, Hamas has released a new softer document. Predictably much of the media has proclaimed it as a WOW moment. Five Minutes for Israel thinks it nothing more than better packaging.
    Holiday reading: Elder of Ziyon, “Moderate” Hamas platform justifies terrorism as a “right.” But so does Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah!.
  • In Paris, UNESCO is to vote on a resolution that rejects Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem – including, arguably, that part of Jerusalem that has been in Israeli hands for the last sixty-nine years! Which of our ‘friends’ will vote for it? The text that states:“All legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem, are null and must be rescinded forthwith.”
    Holiday reading: Daniel Pipes, The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem
יום העצמאות תשע"ז

Google Israel celebrates Israel Independence Day
I wonder what doodle they posted in the .ps Internet top level domain?
Click to link to Google’s Doodle site

Ending on a positive note

Borrowing from George Carlin, who probably would have something scathing to say about all national holidays, not just this one.

Just because we are a free nation in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem, doesn’t mean it’s not hot.

Don’t forget sunscreen and a bottle of water!


UN necessaryUNESCO passed the resolution.

Voted for Resolution: Russia, China, Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, Iran, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Chad and seven Arab countries.

Opposed the Resolution: Germany (which had initially pushed for the resolution and may have cooperated in the wording to give it a better chance of passing), United States, Italy, Great Britain, Holland, Lithuania, Greece, Paraguay, Ukraine and Togo.

Abstained: France, Spain, Slovenia, Estonia, India, Argentina, Mexico, Japan, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts, Kenya, Trinidad, Albania, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Uganda, El Salvador, South Korea and Sri Lanka.

Absent: Nepal, Serbia and Turkmenistan

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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