The new Palestinian government is attempting an end run around Israel
and the U.S., but appealing to Europeans for support. Most of the billion
dollars a year in aid, currently withheld because Hamas wants Israel destroyed,
comes from the Europeans. If the the new Fatah-Hamas government can convince
the Europeans to ignore the Hamas policy (Fatah insists that all the
"death to Israel" stuff is just a cultural quirk and the Europeans
should accept it) and restore aid to the suffering Palestinian people. Most of
the suffering is because of the seven year Palestinian terror campaign against
Israel, and the Israeli response (shutting off access between Israel and the
Palestinian territories, which cuts the Palestinians off from jobs and other
economic opportunities.) The Palestinians want the Europeans to condemn Israel
and send in peacekeepers.
20, 2007: Police caught a Palestinian suicide bomber, from the West Bank, in
Tel Aviv, along with his handlers. The police caught the bomber team before
they could get to their explosives, which were also, seized in another
location. The attack was hours away from being carried out. The last terror
attack in Tel Aviv was in April, 2006 (11 died). Most of these attacks
are stopped while the perpetrators are still in the West Bank, but in this
case, the police were either unable to catch the terrorists inside the West
Bank, or got information about the attack plans after the bomber team was
19, 2007: Immigration to Israel (19,264 in 2006) was down nine percent last
year. Nearly three million people have immigrated to Israel since 1948, and the
number fluctuates depending on the violence in Israel, or against Jews in other
countries, and the willingness of police states to let Jews immigrate. The
Israeli economy is growing, and Palestinian terror attacks have largely been
stopped (one or two a year take place). But the Hizbollah rocket attacks last
Summer killed 57 Israeli civilians and caused lots of evacuations. This made
Israel a less desirable place to move to.
18, 2007: Israel won't recognize the new Palestinian government, because the Fatah-Hamas
compromise soes not recognize Israels right to exist, nor renounce the
use of violence against Israel. Hamas refused to compromise on those two
17, 2007: Israeli intelligence officials report that, in Lebanon, Hizbollah has
replaced all of the 4,000 rockets it fired at Israel last Summer, as well as
the ones lost to Israeli bombing. Including rockets and other weapons still
being moved from Syria to southern Lebanon, Hizbollah now has more weapons than
last year. However, most of the short range rockets are not in position,
because over 70 percent of the storage and launching sites along the border
were destroyed last Summer, and not rebuilt. At least not yet. UN and
Lebanese peacekeepers in southern Lebanon have, for the most part, not
interfered with the Hizbollah movement of ammunition and rockets. It's expected
that they will not oppose Hizbollah efforts to rebuild rocket launching sites.
However, UN and Lebanese troops probably would resist any Israeli efforts to
stop Hizbollah work on rocket firing facilities.
16, 2007: In Gaza, a Palestinian policeman who found, and reported, a smuggling
tunnel, was shot by masked men. The tunnel also contained 30,000 rounds of
ammo, that was in the process of being moved from Egypt to Gaza. The
shooting was sending a message to the Palestinian police, that they should not
interfere with the smuggling tunnels.
15, 2007: Israel put webcams up at the Temple Mount (the site of the ancient
Jewish temple, and current Moslem mosque) to try and counter Islamic radicals
claims that Israeli repairs on a ramp were not attemps to destroy the mosque.
The Islamic radicals denounced the web images as an Israeli trick and repeated
their claims of damage to the mosque. The Arabs have adopted the victim
mentality to such an extent that imaginary claims like this, even when revealed
as false by the webcam, still find many believers.