Thursday, November 03, 2005

Another Day in Israel....

A 15 year old Palestinian teen is to be charged with attempted murder for stabbing a 28 year old Israeli woman in the face in a terrorist assault in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

Just sort of happened out of the blue....or is this what happens when you educate your young people in the media, mosques and schools for jihad? The legacy of Arafat continues to bear its bitter fruit.

In other news, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and US Secretary of State Condi Rice spoke today and Mofaz reiterated Israel's stance that while Israel would not interfere with the Palestinian `elections', Israel would not do anything to facilitate them, and Hamas could not count on freedom of movement.
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

One senior official said that Mofaz's promise not to interfere in the elections needed to be defined. It did not mean, he said, that Israel would relax its pursuit of terrorists during the elections, or ease up on wanted Hamas activists because they may be involved in the campaign.

"If someone wanted from Hamas shows up at a checkpoint and says he has to get to a campaign meeting, its not very logical for people to think we will allow this, the official said.

Seems reasonable to me,but perhaps not to the Saudis...uh..I meant the Bush Administration.

Israel and the US, of course, are still waiting for Abbas to `fight terror'. And waiting...and waiting...

Mofaz is in Washington for a 3 day visit, meeting with with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Stephan Hadley as well as Rice.

On Friday, Mofaz is scheduled to meet with with Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld at the Pentagon. This is the first time that Israeli and US defense chiefs have met since the the tiff over Israeli arms sales to China.

The relationship is still not back to normal. Several arms shipments have been blocked, and Israel is being blocked from re-participation in the Joint Strike Fighter project.

My take on it is that it's more oil and the Saudis than arms sales to China.

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