It is rather a clever gimmick by the Palestinians to highlight that they are in compliance with the Quartet’s initiative whereas Israel is not. Next the Palestinians will form a government of national unity and will reactivate the UN bid. To be noted as also very significant are Erdogan’s words encouraging Haniyyeh to come to terms with the PLO. Erdogan knows perfectly well that the Palestinians have practically sealed the reconciliation deal and do not need his encouragement. What he was really saying is that Turkey approves of this deal (which she helped broker) and will put her weight behind the united Palestinian government. This is a voice from inside Nato and Israel can ignore it at her own peril. The Palestinians have shown themselves as master diplomats. They have a weak hand by they are going to win the game, like bidding short Clubs. Well folks, the first day of 2012 Anus Domini has been uplifting. Do enjoy the rest of January.
Death toll in Baghdad attack on Shi'ite pilgrims rises to 19 (Reuters)