UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Tuesday:
*Shavuot (which commemorates the Day that God gave the Torah to the Jews at Mt. Sinai) begins at sundown tonight in a few hours. Chag sameach to those of you who celebrate the holiday!
*Following the reporting yesterday on the planning for a new Palestinian city for “tens of thousands of Palestinian settlers” near Jericho in this blog and elsewhere, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon has frozen the process. In doing so, Yaalon cited the fact that the potential city had been approved by previous so-called “Defense” Minister Ehud Barak.
*A large U.S. carrier, the USS Kearsarge, docked in Eilat yesterday on its way to the Persian Gulf. Carrying a contingent of 77 officers, 1100 sailors, and 2000 Marines, the Kearsage also carries 41,000 tons of equipment including jets and helicopters.
Jibril Rajoub, one the leading PLO members on the Fatah/PLO Central Committee in Ramallah, discussed the upcoming “peace negotiations” with Israel last week with the Lebanese television network Al Mayadeen–a Hezbollah affiliate.
Rajoub, by the way, is the same Palestinian who called the proposed minute of silence at the London Olympics for victims of Munich “racist”, but is nevertheless (because he signed the Geneva Initiative in 2003) always identified by governments in the West as a leading proponent of peace–a “moderate” that Israel should make “compromises” with.
Here are a few of the highlights (or lowlights) of that interview:
*”As the people of the Fatah movement, we keep resistance on the agenda in all its forms.”
*”We the Palestinians are a source of concern for Israel. We are in this country, and this country is ours. They are our enemy and our battle is against them.”
*”Our war is against the Israeli occupation. Our main enemy, not just as Palestinians, but Arabs and Muslims, is Israel and the Israeli occupation.”
*”Until now we have not had nuclear weapons but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.”
Does anything need to be added? There is no “peace” to be had with the Palestinians–not now, and not ever.