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Daybreak: Tensions Up After West Bank Deaths

Plus Alan Grayson goes unquietly, and more in the news

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• A Palestinian woman, 36, died from Israeli-fired tear gas during an anti-separation barrier protest in the West Bank town of Bilin, a hotbed of such protests. She was the sister of a prominent activist who died during a protest in 2009. [NYT]

• A Palestinian man holding a glass bottle was killed yesterday by Israeli soldiers as he approached a West Bank checkpoint. The IDF says he was not following standard protocol for crossings. [NYT]

• According to a Kuwaiti newspaper, there have been secret U.S.-Syrian talks over a possible peace deal with Israel, including “unprecedented Syrian cooperation.” [Haaretz]

• Former Rep. Alan Grayson, Democrat of Florida, departs the House after one term as an alternately beloved and reviled Jewish liberal lion-cub. [NYT]

• According to a WikiLeaks-leaked cable, the IDF was estimating in 2009 that Israel would have 12 minutes, tops, to prepare for a rocket launched from Iran. [Haaretz]

• A former Iranian deputy defense minister died in an Israeli jail. Except maybe he was never in Israel at all. And maybe he is still alive. [Laura Rozen]

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Why do you think she really dies from tear gas? Because the NYT says so? Because the Palestinians say so? Despite requests from Israel no autopsy was done so the real cause of her death will never be known.

So Richard Silverstein is trying to foment unrest by speculating on a death about which he knows nothing. It seems entirely characteristic, but it’s hard to understand why is deemed a credible news source.

For many years, the mantra was that democracies always support democracies and that democracies don’t start wars.Yes, some are allowed to-the UK, US France,but they make their own rules and so, are poor exemplars. Yet there is an exception. When it comes to Jews,the world finds it can support dictatorships such as Syria,Libya as well as Hamas and Hezbollah. The danger today is that Israel is going to face a Czechoslovakian type of problem. Others,the Quartet, will decide her fate and inform her of their decision. The response required is a pre-emptive diplomatic one. Tony Blair, no matter how much liberal Jews love him, must be told to pack up and leave and look for a Nobel Prize elsewhere. He cannot be permitted to act as another Lord Runciman who presided over Czechoslovakia’s death. Israel must tell the UN, Russia, the EU and yes, the US as well, that Israel’s fate will be determined by its citizens, not Jewish do gooders in the US nor any other people but themselves. As far as the ‘great” Latin American nations that “recognize” Palestinians, remember China’s rejection of the two China policy. Any country that wanted to recognize PRC had to break with Taiwan. Israel should do the same with the Latin countries.

Doug G. says:

To Garry:
Not only the Republic of China (Taiwan), but also West Germany had what was known as the Hallstein Doctrine in the 1950s and 60s. West Germany broke its ties with any country which also recognized East Germany. It was effective for a while, but couldn’t stop the trickle when it became a flood. Israel should weigh this policy carefully and not bite its nose to spite its face. Israel could really play hardball by “recognizing” dissident national groups within all countries which recognize Palestine — and every country in South America, Europe and Asia has such groups. The level of Israel’s recognition would depend upon the level which their occupying countries recognize Palestine.

About recognizing Palestine within the so called green line.
These who do it are realy calling for war. What about the Jewish settlements? I personally think that many of them will have to be returned, if and when peace come, but without peace? Will they be moved by force? by a UN Army? that is war for sure. Will Norwegian or Polish soldiers die for Palestine? Will US troops kill Jews in east Jerusalem? Will the UN bring troops from Muslim countries to fight the “Zionists”? from Pakistan? Afganistan? Iraq? Somali? or Sudan?
How will this country communicated with the sea? How will Ramalla communicate with Gaza? Presently the two governments of Gaza and Ramalla are using Israeli money, one of the best curencies in the area, will they create their own coinage? etc. etc. Million questions, no real answeres.

I just heard that after receiving medical report IDF is questioning if that woman was even present during demonstration at Bilin. “The probe shall continue, yet the way things look now, her death was not caused by gas inhalation, but rather, by wholly different reasons,” the IDF official said. Silly IDF, it has to understand: NYT as well as other sources of public disinformation don’t need it, they already know who will be guilty even in the next incident.

JackieFour says:

As a frequent visitor to Israel I never cease to be amazed by it’s people, it’s structure, it’s prosperity and love of life. Not once have I heard unkind words directed at the Palestinians from any of our friends. Even the tragedy of the fake aid flotilla was seen with sadness as yet another diseaster designed to garner more world condemnation for Israel. Our Israeli friends grieved for the Turkish victims of the flotilla farce. In weeks prior to the incident we had read in some publications where some organizers not from the middle east had been hoping for a bit of bloodshed, as already stated, to garner world condemnation for Israel. Imagine the kind of evil in the hearts of the organizers who were willing to sacrifice human life so they could be hailed as heroes for “a cause.” Truly suffering must and will come to them and their families meted out for this evil manipulation they engaged in.

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