What may have changed with Abbas' request is that he has made it inevitable for all nations to reflect honestly on the situation, For western / humanist / Christian nations this means to arrive at the conclusion that Israel is the lesser of evils, that a Jewish state is, to the west, a far more reliable ally than a muslim state. We share values, the modern Jews and the modern Chrstians -- factually, secular, scientific values. We've evolved and dont want to be dragged down again. The muslims are driven by very different values -- these values are incompatible with ours at this point. Until Islam changes to be doctrinarily somewhat susceptible to reason, the west and the Jews are unitied against it by shared values -- regardless whether or not we are fully aware of this.
5 wounded Syrians rushed to northern Israeli hospital (Haaretz)
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