More unrest inPalestine over the death in an Israeli prison of protester Arafat Jaradat. Interestingly, Palestinian President Abbas has called for calm. Is he doing Israel’s bidding by carrying out its policing for it? That’s worrying, but nothing new, unforunately.
And today news that Israeli ‘Settlers’ have stormed the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem, by far the most important Muslim site in what was once Palestine. Would the Israeli government would rein in its own citizens, but of course almost all parties kow-tow to the right wing settlers.
Also news this morning that Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defence may come to the vote today in the US Senate after weeks of fillibustering. I know the Secretary of Defence won’t have much influence over foreign policy, let alone US efforts, ot lack of them, to move on the Israel/Palestine peace process, but from what I’ve read he would be a step in the right direction, though of course h\is nomination could fail given the Republican main stream’s reaction to him.