65-year-old from local kibbutz suffers moderate wounds after being stabbed in the neck in southern Israel; manhunt underway for suspected assailant.19:09 06.02.16 | 0 comments
As I watched it live on CNN the announcer commented that Netanyahu seemed rattled, perhaps by the impact of the Abbas speech. In fact, Netanyahu did seem rattled. His speech meandered from criticizing the UN, to criticizing the media, to bewailing Islamic extremism, to commenting that, even if there were ever to be a Palestinian state, it would remain occupied by the IDF. There was some isolated clapping from the Israel and American delegations, but the hall had half emptyed for Netanyahu's speech. I guess they have heard it all before. Certainly there was nothing new in what Netanyahu said. Abbas did do a very good job and had the audience with him. The CNN announcer commented that it was quite rare to have that much applause at the UN. I say this as a person who has been highly critical of Abbas as a stooge of Israel up until about a year ago. Since then I have remained suspicious of him. It seems that he has been rehabilitated now and is finally concerned with the Palestinian people and their cause.