FROM Edmund Sanders
Israel Tests Missile Defense When it appeared that the US was about to attack Syria, Israelis flocked to collect gas masks in case it might be a target of retribution. Today, Israel test-fired a missile, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "it is not advisable" for anyone to harm his country. Edmund Sanders is in Jerusalem for the Los Angeles Times .
Israel Ends Freeze on West Bank Settlement Construction Israel's ten-month moratorium on West-Bank settlement building expired at midnight, with no agreement on how to maintain the peace talks begun three weeks ago at the White House. In Paris today, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said there would be "no quick decision" on whether to withdraw. Edmund Sanders is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times .
Israel to Ease Restrictions on Food, Building Material for Gaza Under heavy international pressure to overhaul the blockade of Gaza, Israel said today it has agreed to ease some restrictions , at least in principle. Edmund Sanders is in Jerusalem for the Los Angeles Times .
Israel under Siege after Deadly Raid on Gaza Protest Flotilla Turkey is Israel's closest ally in the Muslim world, but Prime Minister Recep Erdogan called yesterday's attack "a bloody massacre." In Washington, Turkey's foreign minister told CNN that Turkey wants an independent investigation…an apology from Israel…and compensation for Turks who lost their lives. We get updates from the Middle East, the UN and Washington, where the Obama Administration faces another awkward reality.
Israel under Siege after Deadly Raid on Gaza Protest Flotilla Yesterday's deadly Israeli attack on a flotilla of ships bearing aid to the Gaza Strip has produced street demonstrations worldwide and a diplomatic firestorm. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short a trip that included a meeting with President Obama. Although Turkey is Israel's closest ally in the Muslim world, its Prime Minister called yesterday's attack "a bloody massacre." In Washington, the Turkish Foreign Minister, on his way to meet Secretary of State Hillary Cilnton, told CNN that Turkey wants an independent investigation…an apology from Israel…and compensation for Turks who lost their lives."
Will the US Do Anything about Darfur? Since the International Criminal Court indicted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur, conditions in the Sudanese region have deteriorated. Five million people there relied on foreign assistance for food, shelter and protection from fighting between rebels and government-backed forces. Humanitarian agencies have been expelled, leaving what President Obama has called “a void that will be filled by deprivation and despair.” Will the President's new special envoy, retired Air Force General Scott Gration , be able to make a difference?
US Warships off the Coast of Somalia In 1992, after 18 American solders were killed in Mogadishu, the US pulled out of Somalia, and United Nations operations were scaled down. After 15 years of bloody chaos, the so-called Islamic Courts Union movement established some order, but now it is being driven out by forces from neighboring Ethiopia. American warships are on patrol off the coast on the eastern horn of Africa to prevent escape by sea for Islamic militiamen driven out of the capital by Ethiopian troops and jet fighter planes.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?