30 October 2014   3 comments

Tensions are rising in the city of Jerusalem as Israeli authorities blocked all access to what Jews call the Temple Mount and what Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary.   The move came after an attempted assassination attempt against a noted Jewish activist, Yehuda Glick, who has long argued for unfettered Jewish access to the site.   The move also comes after a string of violent actions in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians.  The Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying that Glick “got what he deserved.”  Right-wing politicians in the Israeli Knesset called for a march to the site to demand unfettered access by Jews to the site.  The situation is becoming increasingly volatile.

Meanwhile, relations between the US and Israel have reached a low point as an unnamed Administration official labeled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit” minister.  Comments such as these usually have some sort of official approval–anyone in the White House talking with Jeffrey Goldberg about Israel knows that the comments will be published.  One would imagine that this is a way to put pressure on Israel as the deadline for the negotiations with Iran come closer to the 24 November deadline:  signs of a rift with Israel’s most important ally would unnerve everyone in Israel except for Netanyahu’s closest supporters.

The United Nations has issued a report that suggests that more than 15,000 people have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State.  People from more than 80 countries have joined the movement, but the breadth and depth of the migration is difficult to assess.  We really do not have any idea of how many of the migrants have gone out of a commitment to the stated objectives of the IS.  The real question is how many of the 15,000 will contribute substantially to the military power of the IS.


Posted October 31, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

3 responses to “30 October 2014

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  1. “Israeli authorities blocked all access” is linked to an article about emission reduction.


  2. I’m sorry for the mistake. I can’t find the original story, so just treat it as a bad link.


  3. I know this isn’t very PC, but I’m still laughing that the white house chose to call another world leader a chicken shit. Imagine what they say about North Korea’s top dog..


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