March 16, 2010.
The Palestinian Arabs
have been swift to capitalize on the Obama administration's recent harsh
denouncements of Israel, organizing riots in Jerusalem as well as in at
least one Arab town in Samaria.
For the fifth day
running Tuesday, thousands of Israeli police were posted in and around the
Old City as clashes broke out that saw 60 Arabs and a number of Israeli
Arabs hurled rocks
from behind smokescreens created by burning tires and trash cans, and police
responded with rubber bullets and teargas. Tens of Arabs were arrested, some
by undercover Israeli police, who moved in to nab primary instigators.
Hundreds of Arabs,
including busloads of Bedouin from the Negev responding to inciting calls
from their leadership, came to the capital to "rescue" the Al-Aqsa Mosque
and Temple Mount from the Jews.
Israeli Arab Knesset
Members - who are openly loyal to the "Palestinian Cause" rather than to
their own state - were condemned by Jewish lawmakers for encouraging the
According to some
analysts, the renewed violence might be just what Washington's
land-for-peace-gang had hoped would happen - as it upped the already intense
pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to agree to make yet
more territorial concessions in favor of the "Palestinians."
The unrest began
Friday, just hours after the White House and State Department both ripped
into Israel, accusing the nation it calls its "friend and ally" of
"insulting the United States" and of "undermining the peace process [sic]."
White House Press
Secretary Robert Gibbs and President Barack Obama's senior advisor, David
Axelrod, both dealt Israel blows in public, as did Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, speaking on CNN. That was after she had given Netanyahu a
45 minute telephone tongue lashing. Obama - who is Netanyahu's political
counterpart and as such should have been the one making the call - is
believed to have handed the task to his underling in order to "insult"
Israel in return.
Washington insiders - the Obama administration has not used the harsh
language it employed against Israel in its dealing with any other nation -
including Iran and North Korea - since coming to power last year.
Hamas - the Islamist
"Palestinian" terror group that controls Gaza and is fighting for the hearts
and minds of the rest of the Palestinian Arabs - called for Tuesday to be a
"day of rage" and instructed its terrorists to launch attacks in the heart
of the country.