UPDATES 8 pm Israel time, Sunday, December 14 2014:
*A baby and others were wounded on the Line 1 bus in Jerusalem today when terrorists assaulted the bus with “rocks”.
*A Palestinian car loaded with weapons has been discovered near Ma’ale Adumim. The terrorists have escaped.
*IDF soldiers have captured two knife-wielding Palestinians in Samaria.
*Hamas in Gaza test-fired its 5th missile in the last 48 hours into the Mediterranean.
Meanwhile, the Hamas 27th anniversary party continues in Gaza. Today’s parade featured long-range missiles mounted on trucks, drone aircraft, and a host of other weapons. This parade took place in full view of the fraudulent internationalists in Gaza who are there to oversee Gaza’s “reconstruction” (aka the “rebuilding of Hamas tunnels).
One Hamas drone was flown close to the Israel border this afternoon prompting a scrambling of Israeli jets.
—>At the same time as all of this fun was taking place in Gaza, terrorist-in-chief Mahmoud Abbas declared once again in Ramallah that the heart attack incurred by terrorist Ziad Abu Ein was “a crime in every sense.” He reiterated that security cooperation between the PLO and Israel has been canceled, and that the PLO Executive Committee has yet to decide what to do.
*Israel’s “Right” has begun to implode:
–Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party, Beit Yehudi, will probably split tonight. The ostensible source of the discord is the refusal of Bennett to set “red lines on issues of religion and state.” Another reason is the refusal of Bennett to guarantee more than 2 seats at the top of the list for the members of the National Union party.
There is even talk tonight that Beit Yehudi and Likud may merge into one party. This would be a disaster for Bennett much along the same lines as that which befell Lieberman when he joined Likud before the last election. Merging parties produces fewer seats not more.
–Avigdor Lieberman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu, confirmed what your humble servant has speculated in recent months–namely that he has drifted to the “Left”. Yesterday, he went so far as to declare that he would have no problem taking his party into a coalition with Herzog and Livni. As of this evening Lieberman is in a verbal war with Likud.
–To the degree that the religious parties have always been considered on the “Right”, both Shas and United Torah Judaism are saying at least publicly that they would be willing to join a Herzog-Livni government.
In the next 24 hours, the Palestinians will submit a resolution to the United Nations to recognize Palestinian sovereignty over all of the area within the June 4, 1967 lines–in other words the 1949 Armistice Lines. They will also petition the International Criminal Court in The Hague to stop “crimes” occurring against Palestinians included “construction in the territory.
Apparently there are a number of versions of the Palestinian resolution as the Palestinians and their friends seek to find a wording that that will avoid a veto from the United States.
And what about that veto that the U.S. has promised Israel?
Like every other statement and promise ever issued by the Obama Administration, it appears on very shaky ground at this hour. As your humble servant has blogged previously, President Obama and John Kerry are moving heaven and earth to not cast that veto.
According to an unnamed Obama senior official, the U.S. will veto any resolution that includes “a timetable” for Israel’s withdrawal from “Palestinian territory.” Nevertheless, the same official said that “it is too early to say” if the Obama Administration will veto a resolution that does not include a time frame for withdrawal.
The handwriting is on the wall.
But wait. There is more news. PM Netanyahu is flying to Rome on Monday to meet with John Kerry to find out what additional concessions Israel will have to make to the PLO to have them water down their resolution.
To use one of your humble servant’s commonly used expressions, the whole situation is utterly “pathetic”.