Friday, February 22, 2013

PA making sure we're on the road to "things" getting "out of hand"

Outside the Ofer prison in north Jerusalem
this week [
Image Source]
Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
22 February '13..

President Barack Obama is due to visit our neighbourhood very soon. This has implications for the safety of ordinary people in a variety of ways, including massive traffic tie-ups on some of the country's most heavily-traveled roads, to judge from past experience.

But there's a different kind of impact that the Arab/Israeli journalist Khaled Abu Toameh describes in an article today on the Gatestone Institute website.

Palestinian Authority officials have in recent months expressed concern over the lack of interest in the Palestinian issue both in the US and Israel... The Palestinians have been absent from speeches delivered by Obama over the past few months, and the majority of parties that ran in the last Israeli elections did not even mention the Palestinian issue. But now that all eyes are once again turned toward the Middle East in anticipation of Obama's planned visit, the Palestinian Authority is working hard to draw the world's attention to the Palestinian issue, and hoping to achieve its goal by encouraging clashes between Palestinian protesters and the IDF and Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Although the violence has thus far remained on a low flame, it is expected to intensify as the date of Obama's visit approaches [more]

He believes the PA is probably not seeking full-scale between Palestinian Arabs and Israelis but rather a "mini-intifada" so that

scenes of daily clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in the West Bank will prompt Obama to exert pressure on the Israeli government to make far-reaching concessions to the Palestinian Authority [more]


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