FROM Said Arikat
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.
The Pope, the Palestinians and Middle-East Peace Pope Francis has recognized a Palestinian State , but it's not clear if he means Hamas in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank or both. And he may or may not have called PA President Mahmoud Abbas "an angel of peace." Vatican diplomacy is full of uncertainties. One hundred thirty-five members of the United Nations have recognized a Palestinian State, but the US and Europe say there can't be one until Israel and the Palestinians settle their differences. Israel is not happy about it — or the prospects that Europe may be following suit. Nevertheless, with the US-backed "peace process" dead in the water, some Palestinians call the Pope's action "a flicker of light in a sea of darkness."
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.