Thursday, June 26, 2008

Israel Keeps Gaza Crossings Closed for Second Day

It’s a little hard for us all to keep track of the players without a scorecard, but here are some points to take note of with today’s news:

  • Israeli domestic struggle: Livni: Foreign Minister, Palestine negotiator and Olmert rival “Bomb ‘m back every time.” Prime Minister Olmert: hassled by his own foreign minister while trying to make a truce work
  • Gaza and West Bank: Today’s bombing - al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (Fatah based - Abbas), Tuesday’s bombing - Islamic Jihad (non- Hamas).

Complicated enough?

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came under pressure from a strong rival, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, to act. Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, said she urged him to order “an immediate military response to every violation.”

No casualties were reported in the rocket attack, which was claimed by al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group belonging to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.

The latest strike followed salvoes on Tuesday launched by Islamic Jihad in response to an Israeli army raid that killed one of the group’s commanders in the occupied West Bank. Israel said the raid was aimed at foiling attacks on its citizens.

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