UPDATES 5 pm Israel time, Thursday, October 9 2014:
**It was only a couple of days ago that Hezbollah blew up an IED on the Israel-Lebanese border attempting to kill Israeli soldiers–an attack later confirmed by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. A reasonable person might ask “where in the world was UNIFIL?” the United Nations force that is supposed to patrol the buffer area in Lebanese territory.
So what did the U.N. announce this morning in light of U.N. inaction in Lebanon? It attacked Israel for supposedly using cluster munitions in Lebanon in response to the Hezbollah attack.
Oh, and your humble servant almost forgot. Not only did the U.N. announcement ignore the Hezbollah attack on Israel, but it also ignored the fact that it was only a couple of weeks that Israel gave United Nations troops fleeing Syria safe haven on the Israeli Golan Heights.
**The Supreme Leader, the President of the People’s Republic of North Korea, the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, the first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, chairman of the committee’s first national protection of North Korea and holder of an honorary doctorate from a university in Malaysia . . .
Kim Jong Un . . .
. . . received a congratulatory bouquet of flowers from Mahmoud Abbas today on the occasion of the anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party. The flowers were delivered by “Palestine’s” Ambassador in Pyongyang, Ismail Ahmed Mohamed Hassan.
Kim Jong Un and Mahmoud Abbas: birds of a feather.
**Lille, France’s third largest city, has declared this morning that it is “temporarily terminating” its sister city relationship with Tzfat (Safed) because of the “actions of the Israeli government in Gaza.”
Nevermind that the northern city of Tzfat is the location in which hundreds of refugees from Syria are being cared for; the only thing of any importance to the idiotic government of Lille is “Palestine.”
Of course, the industrial city of Lille is now being overrun by Muslim immigrants–and has been the scene of some of the most violent anti-French riots in France.
The face of Palestinian “governance” has been on full display today as so-called “Prime Minister” Rami Hamdallah, the emissary of so-called Palestinian “President” Mahmoud Abbas, has been on a luxury tour from Ramallah through Israel and into Gaza.
Hamdallah, along with 12 so-called Palestinian “cabinet ministers” in tow, made his way through Israel, then through the Erez Crossing into Gaza, and on into Gaza where his entourage parked at the 5 star Movenpick Hotel.
The Erez Crossing, by the way, is where Israeli civilian Dror Hanin was killed by a Hamas mortar shell during the war as he attempted to distribute food to IDF soldiers who were helping provide humanitarian services to Gaza.
The purpose of Hamdallah’s tour is to demonstrate to potential donors to Gaza reconstruction that the so-called “the Palestinian Authority” has supplanted Hamas as the powers in control in Gaza.
From beginning to end, Palestinian “governance” is a complete farce.
Mahmoud Abbas is the unelected President of Areas A and B of Judea and Samaria. He derives his power from the fact that he is the terrorist Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Elected President back in January of 2005, Abbas saw his term of office end on January 9, 2009. But Abbas refused to allow new elections and proceeded to assume dictatorial powers in his little fiefdom.
Rami Hamdallah is also unelected. He derives what little power he has from Abbas who kicked out Salam Fayyad back in June of last year because Fayyad wouldn’t kowtow to the PLO. In fact, Hamdallah was given so little power last year that he resigned three weeks later only to reappear to form a new “government” in September.
For its part, Hamas is the unelected supreme power in Gaza. After winning elections on January 25, 2006, Hamas carried out a purge of the PLO on June 14, 2007 replete with throwing Fatah members out of apartment buildings in Gaza. Hamas has not permitted any election since the one in 2006.
In sum, the thought of there being a reconciliation “government” between two unelected governments is hilarious. As is the thought that the PLO and Mahmoud Abbas are now somehow in control of Gaza.