The portly man of peace, the dove who flew from the nest of the vultures, has returned to his nesting grounds and his talons have dropped what everyone thought was an olive branch. Israeli police exonerated for the killing of 13 Arab citizens of Israel (God can only imagine what international crisis would have occured had this been Arab citizens shooting 13 Jews!!) Sharon, has announced brazenly to the US that: There will be expansion of settlements, both in terms of population and territory (on empty lots I believe is the current euphemism) More monies will be diverted to the settlement project. No removal for the moment of hilltop colonies No implementation of any of the recommendations to improve the conditions of the Arab sector in Israel. A slicing wall that cuts apart what is left of Palestine making a mockery of any possibility of a contiguous state. Cosmeticic changes, yes, but the wall is going up and Kurtzer?? Well, what can expect from Sharon's front man? And the Israeli, in their typical swagger say that they won't let Hamas run in the upcoming elections in Gaza and the WB. And the US's reaction to all of this, this bush administration, so dedicated to bringing the ideas of freedom, democracy and liberty throughout the Middle East? Nothing, so the palestinians are left high and dry and told to curb terrorism as both Israel and the US do everything possible behind the scenes and in front to cultivate a higher degreee of violence and lay the ground work for a Hamas takeover. While this is going on Silvan Shalom and his nude emperor blather on with "gee, if they would only get the greeen houses up and running and send those aubergines off to France and Britain, everything would really be ok. See, world, how they always miss their opportunities when we've given them soooooooomuch." Ingrates.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)