Monday, March 1, 2010

ME anger at Israeli 'escalations'

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Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors over the issue of holy sites have provoked a wave of condemnation in the Arab press for Israel's behaviour.
Israeli soldiers clash with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank town of Hebron on Friday 25 February

On Sunday several Palestinians were arrested after Israeli security forces entered the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem. The incident followed clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on Friday over Israel's decision to list two disputed shrines as heritage sites.

In Israel, one editorial acknowledged that the decision to list the disputed shrines may have been a "tactical mistake", while another commentator attacked the US response to the issue.

The US silence shows that ongoing attempts to resume negotiations have stalled and that those might have to wait until after a new Palestinian intifadah or even war.

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