Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekly News Roundup, October 17 - 23, 2009

On tap this week: Maccabi Tel Aviv's American tour/debacle, Ehud Olmert's quest to get booed in every major American city, Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and rejects nuclear deal. Let's do it to it.

Maccabi Tel Aviv Loses More than Two Games: Falling to the New York Knicks last Sunday and to the LA Clippers on Tuesday, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team is probably eager to return to Israel after their American odyssey. Head coach Pini Gershon was ejected during the game against the Knicks for arguing calls with the referees. Gershon then refused to leave the court for 10 minutes until security guards and a Rabbi from the stands finally convinced the fiery coach to return to the locker room. On Tuesday, Maccabi Tel Aviv lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, during the game a thief snuck into Maccabi's locker room and stole $22,000 cash and other valuables. I don't know who had a worse American experience, Maccabi Tel Aviv's basketball team or the guy in the next story...

Ehud Olmert Gets Booed for the Wrong Reasons: Personally, I'd boo Olmert at a speech for being a scandal-ridden, weak and spineless Israeli Prime Minister who capitulated to Hamas and Hezbollah. However, useful idiots in Chicago and San Francisco heckled the former PM for being a war criminal and murderer of poor, innocent Palestinian terrorists. Like I said, I don't think Olmert went far enough in killing terrorists in either 2006 or 2009, but according to these protesters, any act of Israeli self defense constitutes the gravest of human rights violations. Check out the videos below:

Loonies in Chicago

Nuts in San Francisco

The Delicious Irony of a Suicide Bombing in Iran: After 30 years at or near the top of the list of leading terror exporters, Iran got a taste of its own medicine on Sunday as a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing five senior commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and 37 others. The Sunni terror group, Jundallah, claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Iranians blamed the United States and United Kingdom anyway. Of course, terrorism is a despicable act no matter who the target is, but it's satisfying, in a Schadenfreude-esque kind of way, that the masterminds of countless terror attacks against Americans, Jews and Israelis got what was coming to them.

Iran Rejects Offer for Overseas Nuclear Enrichment: Well, not 'rejected' per se, more like 'failed to accept while remaining antagonistic to the West and its generous offer.' The offer was that Iran would export its uranium stockpiles to Russia and France, where it would be enriched for medical purposes. Clearly, this would then mean that Iran could not enrich its uranium stockpiles for weapons purposes, so the offer was obviously a non-starter from the get go. As per usual, Iran continues to buy time to build a bomb by taking advantage of the West's appeasement and 'good faith gestures.' Will we never learn?

Have a grand weekend folks, and make sure to stay tuned for next week when I'll find some convoluted way to tie the beginning of the NBA season to the Israeli bio-tech industry, or something like that.

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