"The sources added that after his arrest, Ashur was PERSUADED to lead security forces to the house.. where the explosives belt had been stashed." - Haaretz The quote is not my point, but is worth a big smile. How was Mr. Ashur "persuaded"? How many virgins was he promised? Good intelligence prevented this suicide bombing. What about the next one? Is it realistic to go to a peace conference with the Palestinians without Hamas? Bush and Olmert, who can't see the future and trust in wishful thinking, believe this is reasonable. Barak knows that Abbas alone is too weak, and so do some Europeans, but they cannot persuade the stupid ideologues. Instead of bringing Hamas into the political process and letting it moderate due to political pressure as it did so far, Bush and Olmert threaten Abbas not to talk to Hamas. Barak already expects that, rather soon, Israel will need to go into Gaza and clean up the place. It will cost hundreds of soldiers' lives, and even then Hamas will not disappear. The good thing is that there is no future to the present Conference since Olmert is not ready to do anything but talk. I am waiting for the next elections in the US and Israel.
Death toll in Ankara blasts rises to 86 (AP)
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