UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Saturday, December 6 2014:
*The reconciliation government between the PLO and Hamas has now expired. Hamas insists that it will not renew it.
*The political head of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, had these choice words yesterday:
“The Palestinian people no longer have anything to lose in light of the continuation of the occupation and settlements, stealing the land, the attacks on the women and children and the holy sites. The reaction is spontaneous…the Israeli stubbornness, combined with the international impotence in solving the Palestinian issue with a just solution, which gives the Palestinian people their self-determination, and gets rid of occupation…will lead to chaos in the region, not just in the Palestinian arena, but to an open conflict – a blood-bath.”
—>The condition of Jonathan Pollard has apparently stabilized after he was taken unconscious to the hospital in the prison in which he is unjustly incarcerated.
The sad fact is that Obama–like other U.S. presidents before him–seems to have no inclination to pardon Pollard. The only reason he remains in prison is that he spied for Israel and that he is a Jew.
—>There has been little election news today because it was Shabbat. Now that Shabbat has ended, all television networks have resumed their attack on Netanyahu. It is now 102 days until the election.
The realignment of forces in the Middle East continues with each day bringing new coalitions–none of which bodes well for Israel.
As has already been reported here, what we essentially have is a Western effort to protect the Shi’ites of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon from the Sunnis of the Islamic State (IS). Of course it is true that there are minority Christians, Yazidis, and others who are besieged and murdered by IS as well, but at its core, this remains a Sunni versus Shi’ite confrontation for the moment.
To put this in a different way, the West has leaped into the fray on the side of Iran and its terror proxies and is making an all-out attempt is underway to rehabilitate those terrorists.
Take a look at the photograph below from yesterday. Why was Nouri al-Maliki doing in Lebanon talking with Hassan Nasrallah? Al-Maliki, you remember, was the prime minister of Iraq from 2006 until this year and has now become the Iraqi Vice President.
Maliki, a Shi’ite, was there to urge Nasrallah, a Shi’ite, to commit more forces to the fight against Sunni IS. His trip was undoubtedly at the urging of the U.S. and Britain, neither of whom wants to deploy ground forces to the area, and both of whom are already cooperating with Hezbollah.
In this latter regard, British commandos are integrating into Hezbollah units and the U.S. is supplying Hezbollah with satellite imagery. And does anybody really doubt that all of the money and weapons flowing into Lebanon from France (paid for by Saudi Arabia) are not ending up in the hands of Hezbollah?
In essence, Hezbollah has become more than just a proxy of Tehran–it is fast becoming a proxy of the West.
All of which begs the question of what will happen when Hezbollah turns its attention to Israel–which it inevitably will?
I leave it for you, dear reader, to answer that question.