A popular Palestinian nonprofit organization funded by many Western governments has apologized for accusing Jewish people of using “Christian blood” during the “Jewish Passover” holiday following a rash of criticism from U.S. Jewish groups.
“The tide of war is receding,” President Barack Obama is fond of saying. Who’s he kidding? It has not been two weeks since the president’s reelection and already foreign policy crises are metastasizing. Israel’s justified retaliation at Hamas rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip may escalate into the second Gaza war in four years. But the Middle East of 2012 is not the Middle East of 2008. Gaza neighbors an Egypt governed not by the secular dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak but by the religious-inspired democracy of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi.
The goal of Israel’s defensive strike of Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is to “cripple the terrorists capabilities,” Israeli Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said to reporters during a telephone briefing Wednesday afternoon.
The United Nations Human Rights Council’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories suggested that Palestinians would be justified in choosing violent means to achieve their goals, leading one major Jewish American group to express outrage.