Legislation is like the cute kid in a Jennifer Aniston Rom-Com — everyone’s a dad when it turns out he’s allright.
So, Daniel Ayalon, Yisrael Beitenu lawmaker and deputy foreign minister claiming credit for a new law — par for the course. One that improves the status of Palestinians? Why not? Danny is always making the case that his boss, Avigdor Lieberman, is more open-minded than his reputation would have it.
But, um, the law was passed by the Lebanese parliament.
From Arutz Sheva:
Ashley Perry, senior advisor to Deputy FM Ayalon, noted to Israel National News that it is a "remarkable coincidence" that the Lebanese decision came a mere two weeks after a high-profile WSJ op-ed piece by Ayalon that highlighted the issue. "Mistreatment of Lebanese Palestinians has being going on since 1948," said Perry.
Ashley Perry noted that this article was unique in that it brought Lebanon’s behavior to the fore in such an open way in the mainstream media. Perry said that, "even if the article had a small impact on this policy, then it is very welcome."
Perry said that Ayalon’s article was part of a new Israeli PR effort to go on the offensive and expose hypocrisy against Israel.
I don’t know — this business of Israeli officials claiming credit for Lebanese laws. Last time, it didn’t turn out so well.