Update: Despite – or perhaps because of – Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra’s assurance that Uzi Landau’s visit to the Temple Mount would have no consequences whatsoever, Dr. Landau announced this morning that he had decided against making the visit, which had been intended to improve his position as a contender for leader of the Likud.
While Landau did not offer a reason for his change of plans, it appears likely that he is seeking some more dramatic – not to say catastrophic – means to attract attention and support to his campaign. His efforts so far have led to considerable frustration: an earthquake this morning managed to reach only 4.3 on the Richter scale, causing no injuries or damage. The Acting Director of the Geophysical Institute of Israel assured party members that there was no need to worry, and failed even to mention Landau in his announcement.
A solar eclipse is planned for this morning, but apparently it will be merely an “annular” one, not a total eclipse leading to inky darkness, gnashing of teeth, wailing, rending of garments, or an increase in Landau’s chances of becoming the Likud’s candidate for Prime Minister.
Dr. Landau is probably available for comment, if anyone wants to give him a call.