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Agreed. There is nothing more to add before Migry and the other two Israelis have been granted visas - or IF they are denied. I sincerely hope that their applications are successful.
Aug. 13, 2013
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I have been corrected by people I don't have much respect for when they can't write anything without being rude. You are one of those, so your comments do not make any impression whatsoever.

You might as well drop it here, because I am not going to answer you again. One last thing, though. When I see a post from you, it reminds me of an amusing quote from 1976, when Brian Johnston, BBC radio cricket commentator, said:

“The bowler's Holding the batsman's Willey.”
Aug. 13, 2013
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Ron must have missed the question mark in the headline when he writes “What I said was that Migry was not denied a visa as the title suggested, and this in fact is the case!”

Yehudit did not write that Migry was denied a visa, although at this point in time she has not been granted a visa. I'll be the first to applaud when/if she gets one. And with her, Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz, who, understandably, would like to defend their Transnational World title.

It is totally unacceptable to call Yehudit a liar. She deserves an apology, but I am not holding my breath. It's not exactly flattering either when Mr Willey writes “you're either an idiot or being deliberately dishonest. (Though I wouldn't rule out the a combination of the two)” about me. I wrote that Israel was *forced* to withdraw, and so did Yehudit. Ron Lel and Richard Willey interpret “forced” differently, and I don't have a problem with that. However, it does not give them the right to call people who disagree a “liar” and an “idiot”.

It's funny how some retreat to name-calling when they run out of arguments in a civilised language.
Aug. 13, 2013
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In my view, the deal of the final was #15 in the first segment when Kalita brought home 3NT. The finesse of 8 and the endplay of Moss for the ninth trick was brilliant.

http://www.bridgebase.com/vugraph_archives/vugraph_archives.php
Aug. 12, 2013
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4-handed winners *three* times this year actually. Spingold (Bridge24), US Trials (Kranyak) and Vanderbilt (Welland).
Aug. 12, 2013
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Ron, you may call it what you like. I still claim that Israel was *forced* to withdraw because the Indonesian authorities ignored the numerous requests for talks regarding security. As a consequence, Israel had no choice. This is “forced to withdraw” in my world, and that world is usually regarded as civilised. Israel was not forced physically but by stonewalling. For me, “forced” covers more than violence. You are entitled to a different view.

If you wish, you can read through the 600+ comments on my FB timeline and you will see that this is how it was put forward by Levy and Kenigsberg. I believe them.

Then you may claim that we have not heard the other side of the story. That is correct, but that's only because the other side has decided to hide. So if we never get the Indonesian version, and we most likely won't, does this mean that we can never trust what IBF says on this matter?

My answer is ‘no’. The Israeli version is correct until the other side has proved that it's not.
Aug. 9, 2013
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Here are some facts regarding the Israeli seniors:

About two weeks ago, the WBF informed the IBF that due to Argentina's withdrawal Europe would get another spot and that Israel was next in line. Israel was asked if they were interested, and the reply from the IBF was that the Israeli seniors would like to take part. However, for that to happen the WBF would have to assist in arranging a dialogue about security with the authorities in Indonesia.

The IBF was still prepared, despite the short notice, to send both teams, women as well as seniors, to Bali. This proves that “Israel withdrew” is false.

The WBF responded that arranging a securiy dialogue with Indonesia would be impossible. Consequently, if Israel chose to decline on that condition, the invitation would be passed on to The Netherlands.

The IBF has the documents on this topic to verify that all the above is correct. Whether or not the IBF wants to make this public is not for me to decide.

My source? You might as well not ask, because journalists do not reveal their sources.

By the way, it has been stated that we have not seen an official reaction from Israel regarding the women. That is not true, because in early July when I created the thread, Eitan Levy (president) and Modi Kenigsberg (chairman) from the IBF made official statements on my Facebook timeline. That is a public platform, just like Bridge Winners.
Aug. 9, 2013
Roland Wald edited this comment Aug. 9, 2013
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Jonathan, I know it's too difficult for you to comprehend why bridge players, representing Israel officially, need special security arrangements, so I won't even try to explain it.
Aug. 7, 2013
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Nothing new there, David. If you are big enough (USA), you can power your way to the right result for your side. If you are small and insignificant (Israel), you stand no chance when you don't have your organisation (WBF) to back you.

This is the crux of the matter. WBF is prepared to fight for USA (excellent!), less so regarding Israel as we have seen so clearly. Tragic.

For once I agree with Felix Shen: “All teams are equal, but some teams are more equal than others.”
Aug. 7, 2013
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Tracy, your “I have friends that will never speak to me again for supporting Israel” bothers me. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but if any of *my* friends will never speak to me again for that reason, I would no longer regard him/her/them as friends. Who needs enemies if friends behave like that?
Aug. 7, 2013
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According to George Jacobs the issue regarding Migry Zur Campanile's visa is easier solved. He expects this visa to be issued. Mr Rona is personally involved and has someone in Singapore working on it. Migry has not actually been denied, George says, just put through some awful hoops.
Aug. 7, 2013
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I like your word “declined”. Utter nonsense! When do you realise that the Israeli women were forced to withdraw because the Indonesian authorities refused to address the security aspect?
Aug. 7, 2013
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The devil's grandmother died from making lame excuses. It may not be possible to move the event now, but it certainly was when all this started on June 20. The Israeli women were forced to withdraw, Sweden got the invitation and accepted on June 23.

In the meantime (last week) another Israeli team was ignored after Argentina withdrew in the seniors' event. Consequently, Europe was offered a seventh spot, and Israel finished seventh in Dublin. They were not invited to replace Argentina, the Netherlands were (they finished eighth), and they accepted on August 4.

Finally, add that the Israeli Transnational Champions will not be defending their title and the farce is complete. It must be very embarrassing to be a WBF politician.
Aug. 7, 2013
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Something does not add up here, Pietro. George Jacobs *is* the president of the USBF.
Aug. 7, 2013
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As it is now and has been since late June, this event does not exist for me. My (very small, I know) contribution is to boycott it altogether. Step 1: I cancelled my trip to Bali - Step 2: I will not be commentating on BBO vugraph. Sadly, I can't contribute financially, but I am glad to see that Warren Spector can and will.
Aug. 7, 2013
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No comment from George Jacobs (USBF President) either.
Aug. 7, 2013
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Andy and Tom, please tell the world how this should have been handled at a point when it's too late to repair the damage and please everyone at the same time. We will never get the facts from the WBF in a public forum, and the Indonesians remain silent.
July 11, 2013
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Many thanks, Michal. I'd like to believe that I did something good for Israel in general and your team in particular, but I will only take a wee bit of credit. This compromise might have been reached regardless, but I am happy that I brought the issue to the world's attention nine days ago. You deserve all the support you got, and I wish you the best of luck in Beijing!
July 11, 2013
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Jonathan, George Jacobs is indeed speaking as an individual. Re-read the last two lines and I think you will agree.
July 11, 2013
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If Israel is happy with this compromise, so am I.
July 11, 2013
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