So we had a push for “Peace In The Middle East” – Yet Another Shiny Thing that keeps attracting U.S. Presidents to “Dream, the Impossible Dream!”… Hillary and her staff assuring that “This time for sure!”…
JERUSALEM (CNN) — A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza will hold only if Hamas ends weapons smuggling into Gaza and halts rocket fire into Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the top U.S. envoy to the Middle East on Wednesday, Israeli media reported.
Israel reserved the right to respond if those conditions were violated, Olmert told George Mitchell, President Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Middle East, according to Haaretz.
Israel acted on that promise Wednesday evening by responding to a Qassam rocket strike into southern Israel with an attack on what it said was a weapons manufacturing facility in Rafah City, Israel Defense Forces said.
“As the sole authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility of all terror originating from within its area of control,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF will respond to any terror attacks in accordance with decisions made by the Israeli government.”
The exchange followed a day of meetings in Jerusalem between Mitchell and Israeli leaders as part of the new U.S. administration’s efforts to help foster peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Mitchell’s stop in Israel is part of an eight-day tour of the region, which includes visits to Egypt, the West Bank, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the State Department said.
Mitchell met with privately with President Shimon Peres, who said he looked forward to working with the special envoy to achieve common goals.
In related news, The Arabs Are Revolting (again) in Egypt. Seems that it’s a case of “Meet the new Boss. Same as the old Boss!” as we have Morsi announcing himself (anointing himself?) Supreme Leader with no review of his authority…
by John J. Xenakis
23 Nov 2012, 6:25 AM PDT
Egypt’s Morsi ‘appoints himself Pharaoh’ usurping all state powers
Many Egyptians were shocked on Thursday by the announcement, accompanied by nationalistic music, of a new decree by president Mohamed Morsi granting himself extensive additional powers. Any decisions that he took since taking office in June, and any decisions he takes in the future, are final and not subject to review by the courts or appeal. According to the announcement,
“The President may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution.”
In an attempt to be a crowd-pleaser, Morsi said that the police officers who were acquitted last year for killing protesters will be retried.
According to opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei:
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh. A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences.”
The surprise announcement triggered competing demonstrations in Cairo by supporters and opponents of Morsi. Washington Post
I’m sure that the Obama / Hillary admin brokered peace deal has nothing to do with this ‘reprise’ of the ‘Old Deal’ with a strongman in Egypt bought off with U.S. “aid” money. Couldn’t be. After all, this administration has exactly opposite goals from Bush. Then again, Morsi is the Muslim Brotherhood ‘go to guy’ for Egypt… I’m sure it’s all just a giant co-incidence… /sarcoff>;
Right when you thought it couldn’t get any stranger, or any worse…