The Oslo Accords, spearheaded by US President Bill Clinton, were negotiated in two parts. In the end, Oslo 1, signed in 1993, and Oslo 2, signed in 1995, provided the framework for Palestinian self-governance. The accords created an incubator of sorts for the Palestinian government to work, creating Areas A, B, and C in Judea and Samaria. Area A territory—like Bethlehem, for example—was exclusively assigned Palestinian self-rule. Areas B and C provided for an Israeli presence, including military forces and the ongoing life of Jewish communities there.
The theme shifts. The LED display of a camera depicts three former suicide bombers. A new one steps into frame. He sits, holding a sheet of paper. Bandanna clad and with blue eyes, he speaks. Lips moving, he seems to be recording final words, his jihad statement. Then posing, he smiles, radiating warmth and peace. The camera is turned off.
The story broke Friday after Shabbat. Immediately reported by Der Spiegel and The Lancet, it was reported in Israel early Sunday morning by the Tel Aviv based Yedioth Ahronoth news agency. The latter's English language news site is called Ynet.
Experts in Israel say that Hamas has as many tunnels today as it had just before it started its war with Israel in the summer of 2014. Spending upward of $140 million per year since that conflict ended a mere 20 months ago, tunnel reconstruction has been a breathtaking exercise. Literally breathtaking.Last week seven Hamas members were killed in tunnels that collapsed under heavy rains in Israel.
Kerry made the comment in Rome where he appeared in a joint press conference with Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni.
"3 Palestinians killed as daily violence grinds on," it read. The absence of the story's essence, that an Israeli policewoman was murdered by one of three terrorists, was appalling to readers here.
Monday, 8 February 2016 | Yesterday Hamas's official television channel, Al-Aqsa TV, publicized a new music video launched one day before on YouTube. Performed by a 10-member Lebanese band that calls itself Promise of Islamic Art, its latest release is "Roof of the Bus Blows Off." It is a six and a-half minute production that features band members performing by the burned out shell of an Egged (Israeli) bus. The bus, obviously depicting the remains of a suicide bombing, is lovingly depicted as a holy object.