UPDATES 7 pm Israel time Tuesday:
The Golan Heights continues to heat up with Syria claiming that it destroyed an Israeli jeep that ventured into Syrian territory last night. Israel denies the report but confirms that there have been multiple instances of sniper fire at IDF positions in recent days.
IDF head Benny Gantz blustered this morning that the IDF will not let the Golan descend into chaos.
Your humble servant has decided to present you, dear reader, with a brief pastiche of items concerning the ongoing struggle of Israel to beg the Palestinians to return to the table so that Israel can give them more concessions.
I begin with the above graphic that appeared in a Hamas publication yesterday that is intended for all elementary, junior high, and high school students in Gaza. You will note that a figure in the colors of the Palestinian flag is dropping a Star of David–representing Jews– into a garbage can.
Consider that it has been announced that Hamas and Fatah (aka the PLO, aka the Palestinian Authority) will sign a reconciliation agreement in three months. And consider that this Hamas “gesture of peace” has appeared two days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Israel again.
Contrast this with what happened at the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday. At the meeting, Israel’s delusional Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that she and the equally delusional Kerry “want the Palestinian Authority to know that peace talks are the only game in town” (translation: please, please, please return to the “negotiations”).
Couple this delusion with PM Netanyahu’s outright dissembling this morning.
After unilaterally freezing construction throughout Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria (and) unilaterally agreeing to not demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state (and) unilaterally agreeing to release more Palestinian prisoners (and) unilaterally signing on to the Arab League proposal which calls for Israeli concessions based on 1949 Armistice lines and the establishing of Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital, PM Netanyahu has announced that Israel will not make unilateral gestures to the Palestinians.
Netanyahu ludicrously declared that not making unilateral gestures “is a matter of principle.”
And, oh by the way, the same Netanyahu–in collusion with our “Defense” Minister–announced today that Israel is unilaterally expanding the fishing area for Gazan fishermen from 3 to 6 km again. After all, the last couple of weeks have only seen about 10 Hamas mortars and missiles fired at the men, women, and children of southern Israel.
But if you don’t remember anything else today, remember “Help Clean The World”—of Jews.