Saturday, October 25, 2014

Is America Escalating Matters

Following IMRA's lead, I ask you - what's wrong here:

Death of U.S. Minor in SilwadPress StatementJen PsakiDepartment SpokespersonWashington, DCOctober 24, 2014

The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.  Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation.  We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank. 


a)  what clashes?  the IDF was not clashing.

b)  the kid 

was throwing a firebomb at civilian vehicular traffic. That's terror.

c)  how can Israel avoid escalating matters if Arabs keep terrorizing Jewish civilians?

At least this one was better

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 22, 2014

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.

Unfortunately, that is, we cannot prevent terror without 'escalating', in American terms.

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