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).
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.”
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.