Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hillary Clinton Is Coming - Part I

Ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's arrival, it seems official Israel is getting busy:

Steps to improve Palestinian daily life in Judea and Samaria

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)

In accordance with the decision made by the political echelon, the IDF and the Civil Administration took a series of steps in order to significantly improve the Palestinian routine of life in Judea and Samaria. These steps were implemented following meetings between the IDF commanders in the Judea and Samaria region, the heads of the Palestinian Security Authority and other Palestinian senior officials.

The steps that were taken as part of the effort include:

Widening of Palestinian free movement

A road connecting the village of Bani Na'im to road number 60 was opened in the Hebron region, after being blocked due to security reasons since 2001. The checkpoints in the Tulkarm region were reinforced and the passage conditions of the Huwwara checkpoint were dramatically improved. Furthermore, over 135 additional roadblocks were removed in the past year, including the main ones in Rimonim and Atzira A-Shamalia.

Strengthening of the Palestinian Security Forces

Authorization has been given for the opening of 12 new Palestinian police stations, in addition to the 20 new Palestinians police stations authorized last year. Nineteen new Police stations have been built so far.

190 certificates were handed out to Palestinian public figures and security forces personnel (from the rank of Battalion Commander) that allow maximum freedom of movement, as an addition to the 200 people currently holding these certificates.

Following a strict security examination, an individual authorization was given to few senior personnel in the Palestinian security forces, allowing them to have armed security due to real life threat.

Strengthening of the Palestinian economy

The entrance of Israeli Arabs into the city of Nablus is now authorized during weekends. A similar step was taken in the city of Jenin, bringing a significant increase in income to local businesses. The quantity of Palestinian workers permitted to enter Israel has increased, while making the eligibility criteria more flexible.

Relief in the humanitarian sector

An extension was authorized concerning the entrance passes into Israel for those with chronic medical needs and their escorts, as well as medical students doing residencies in Israeli hospitals. The authorizations were extended from a period of three to six months.

Of course, things do go on as normal:

IDF Arrests Eight Terror Suspects

Reported: 08:07 AM - Feb/24/09

(IsraelNN.com) The IDF arrested eight terror suspects over the course of Tuesday night in the Bethlehem, Hevron, Jenin and Kalkilye areas of Judea and Samaria.

The suspects were turned over to the security services for questioning.


Rock Attack next to El Aroub

Reported: 21:20 PM - Feb/23/09

(IsraelNN.com) An Israeli bus was damaged by rocks thrown next to El Aroub, between Bethlehem and Hevron, south of Jerusalem Monday evening.

No injuries were reported in the attack.


Rock Attack next to El Funduk

Reported: 20:56 PM - Feb/23/09

(IsraelNN.com) Two Israeli vehicles were damaged Monday night by rocks thrown at them next to the Palestinian Authority Samarian village of El Funduk, southwest of Shechem.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Israeli troops were summoned to carry out a search of the scene.


Arabs Attack Jews in Samaria, Negev

Reported: 10:32 AM - Feb/23/09

(IsraelNN.com) In Judea and Samaria police are looking for two Arabs who tried to stab a Jew while attempting to hijack his vehicle near the community of Shavei Shomron, south of Jenin. The terrorists faked a traffic accident and tried to steal the Jew’s vehicle when he stopped to help. The victim fought off the attackers who tried to stab him with a screwdriver.

In the Negev, police are searching for Bedouins who attacked Jewish National Fund (JNF) workers as they were preparing land for planting approximately three miles north of Be'er Sheva. No one was wounded, but the Bedouins damaged the equipment before fleeing.

and on and on and on...


g said...

" Administration took a series of steps in order to significantly improve the Palestinian routine of life"... To show off before Hillary? Otherwise, she may actually see how hard Palestininan routine of life is and feel for Palestinians?
And what if she wants to go to Gaza? Show they clean up there too, just in case?
And are they going to keep the improvements after she leaves?

Don't you think you are doing this for a bit wrong reasons?

YMedad said...

The truth? I haven't the faintest idea. I just pointed out two contradictory realities. The terror goes on as the aid goes on. Will the aid help stop the terror or does it feed it?

g said...

I don't see a contradiction. Israel just killed lots and lots of Palestinians and destroyed lots and lots of homes and caused massive damage to the Palestinian land. What do you expect in return? You expected that you achieve peace by bombing around Palestine? You expected that you eradicate hate against Jews by killing innocent children? You are crying about "bus was damaged by rocks", well what did you expect for them to bring you flowers?
So this is a natural reaction to your action. Absolutely nothing contradictory here.
As for aid, please.... You are not doing anywhere close to enough to aid to rebuild Palestine.

YMedad said...

So, if we bomb the Pals., we shouldn't expect peace. But they can shell us and blow themselves up as suicide bombers and they should get territory?

g said...

Why can't you for once talk for yourself (=Israel).
And NO.

YMedad said...

I thought I was doing that.

What was not understood in my last remark?

I was making a point of logic and you are escaping comment.

g said...

First, every time someone speaks about how Israel maight be at fault, you turn it around and point at Palestinians.
"So, if we bomb the Pals., we shouldn't expect peace" Do you agree with it? Do you agree that Istaeli violence creates only more violence?

Second, to your "point of logic"
"But they can shell us and blow themselves up as suicide bombers and they should get territory?"
Which territory? "They should get"?

They should get the territory that they are entitled to by international law. That I believe.
They are not entitled to get the territory because they shell you.