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Sundown: Shalit’s Father Ignites Controversy

Plus Settlers of Canaan, Myra Kraft honored, and more

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Noam Shalit earlier this year.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

• Noam Shalit intends to run for office as a “pro-peace” Laborite. In a remarkable, controversial interview, he sympathized with those who kidnapped his son. [Guardian]

• Iran and certain elements of Hamas are trying to burnish the damaged relations between the two; not clear if it’s working. [JPost]

• Settlers of Canaan is more than a bad pun on the popular board game Settlers of Catan: it’s an actual, extremely anti-Semitic Dutch board game (there is an Anne Frank card that you can play). [JPost/Zion Square]

• Meet the Israeli Muppet rock band. [PRI The World]

• I enjoyed Nathan Englander’s new book. Following is a podcast (featuring former Tableteer Marissa Brostoff) featuring Nathan and a review by somebody who did not enjoy his book nearly so much. [Beyond the Pale/LRB]

• The late Myra Kraft was honored at the National Jewish Book Awards last night. Husband Bob Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, was there. [JTA]

The Godfather opened in theaters 40 years ago today.

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Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

Shalit has hardly ignited a controversy. Sadly, this decent man has been influenced by the amount of attention he has received during the years of his son’s captivity. He has assumed that much of the attention is directed at him, but in reality, if he were not Gilad’s father he would continue, and properly so, to be the engineer that he is.

Yet, as an engineer, he has demonstrated in front of the camera, during an interview with Channel 10 in Israel, how much he has nothing to contribute to political life, and not because of his idiotic responses, but rather because he he no responses to any of the issues about which he was asked, and he was provided with open ended questions to explain what issues move him and how he would deal with them.

Clearly, other than being an honest, intelligent and a very private person, the man has little to offer to the public life of Israel, and people know it, thus don’t even debate his remarks.

Bill Pearlman says:

They should have left his kid there if that is the way he feels about it.

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Sundown: Shalit’s Father Ignites Controversy

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