AMMAN: Mahmoud Abbas’s verbal attack against Washington and Hamas in a 14-minute speech on Monday night seemed aimed at self-preservation and securing his legacy. The Palestinian Authority president upped the ante with Washington, accusing it of shedding “crocodile tears” over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and he called the US ambassador to Israel a “son of a dog.” But the president, who will be 83 on March 26, has little to lose as he will start to hand power to a new generation at a meeting of the Palestine National Council on April 30.
JERUSALEM: Reform of Israel’s military court system in the occupied West Bank has failed to stop “systematic violation” of Palestinian minors’ rights, an Israeli NGO said on Tuesday.Human rights group B’Tselem said that the 2009 launch of a designated military juvenile court with the stated aim of “improving the protection of minors’ rights” had failed to deliver.It said that introduction of the juvenile court rather resulted in only “technical changes (which) have not improved the protection of minors’ rights.”
Several major developments on the Israeli-Palestinian front may increase the likelihood of continued “lone wolf” terrorist attacks targeting Israelis combined with already planned chaos in the coming weeks. The supposedly lone wolf incidents may be part of an orchestrated Palestinian terrorist crusade.
US President did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection.