Headlines I would like to see...
Here are some headlines I would like to see relating to some recent news stories...
1) Ha'aretz reports U.S. to Israel: Gaza convoys must start this week:
Israel must fulfill all its obligations under last month's Rafah agreement with the Palestinian Authority by this coming Wednesday... the United States and other members of the Quartet demanded this weekend.
In particular, they said, Israel must resume talks with the Palestinians on running regular convoys between Gaza and the West Bank... Israel suspended the convoy talks last week in response to the suicide bombing in Netanya, and said that they would resume only once the PA begins taking action against the terrorist organizations.
New Headline: Israel to US: Bug off! Worry about your own problems in Iraq! (Oh... and how's your hunt for Bin Laden going?)
American officials also told the other Quartet members this weekend that the Palestinians, contrary to Israel's claims, are honoring their end of the Rafah agreement. The "violations" cited by Israel, an American diplomat said, are due solely to a technical problem that has caused a delay in the transmission of data from the Rafah crossing, on the Gaza-Egypt border, to the office where Israeli officials are allowed to examine it. He added that the U.S. is making an effort to purchase new equipment that would satisfy Israel's demands for real-time data transmission.
New Headline: Israel to US: If by "technical problem" you mean that terrorists are freely crossing into Gaza, then yes, we are experiencing a "technical problem".
A new report prepared by the World Bank in advance of the donor's conference blames Israel for the bulk of the economic problems in the territories... It demanded that Jerusalem honor its commitment to allow 35,000 Palestinians a day to work in Israel and also recommended that the donor nations pressure Israel not to stop allowing Gazans to work in the country at the end of 2007, as currently planned.
New Headline: Israel to World Bank: If you love the "Palestinians" so much, you hire 35,000 of them.