FROM Isabel Kershner
Jewish Terrorism and Israeli Security Last Thursday, six people were stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem. One victim has died. The suspect is an orthodox Jew, who had just completed a 10-year sentence for a similar crime. Friday morning, in the remote West Bank town of Duma, the home of a Palestinian family was set on fire, killing an 18-month old boy and leaving his parents in critical condition. Jewish extremists are suspected. The Netanyahu government now says Jewish suspects will get the same, tough treatment given Palestinians. But that will be easier said than done , and some Israelis are warning that right-wing extremism is almost out of control. They claim government support of settlements in the West Bank has backfired, corrupting the justice system and posing a risk to democracy.
Israeli Airstrike in Syria Brings Backlash Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus today, prompting supporters of Bashar al-Assad to rally behind their leader while Iran warmed of "grave consequences." It's not clear what the target was. Isabel Kershner reports from Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Obama’s Envoy in Jerusalem as Fighting Flares On his first trip as Barack Obama's Middle East Envoy George Mitchell has gone from Cairo to Jerusalem. But relations between Israel and the Palestinians have gone from bad to worse. An Israeli soldier was killed by a car bomb on its frontier with the Gaza Strip and Israel responded with tanks and air strikes. Isabel Kershner is in Jerusalem for the New York Times .
Israel's Olmert Won't Stand for Re-Election Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has announced he's effectively stepping down. He will not be a candidate to lead his Kadima Party in its September primary. Isabel Kershner, whoc is based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has an update.
Israel Silent as Hamas Announces Truce with Israel Is Imminent Hamas said early today that a treaty with Israel would be announced "barring any unforeseen developments." Three Israeli air strikes then killed at least six Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, including high officials in the militant Army of Islam. Isabel Kershner, based in Jerusalem for the New York Times , has the details.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.