Three stories on Israel
At the moment, Drudge has an unlinked headline that says:
That would be about the September 20th Palestinian petition to the UN for a statehood endorsement I assume. Unless the administration thinks they can stall this until after the 2012 elections (not bloody likely), I don’t know what they hope to gain.
Update: Here is the story
Race to douse a new Mideast flash point; American campaign seeks to avert clash over Palestinian bid at U.N.
My mistake was I thought “stall” meant ‘delay’, rather than ‘halt’.
ii. The fundamental principle of the freedom of navigation on the high seas is subject to only certain limited exceptions under international law. Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza. The naval blockade was imposed as a legitimate security measure in order to prevent weapons from entering Gaza by sea and its implementation complied with the requirements of international law.
iv. Although people are entitled to express their political views, the flotilla acted recklessly in attempting to breach the naval blockade. The majority of the flotilla participants had no violent intentions, but there exist serious questions about the conduct, true nature and objectives of the flotilla organizers, particularly IHH. The actions of the flotilla needlessly carried the potential for escalation.
vii. Israeli Defense Forces personnel faced significant, organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers when they boarded the Mavi Marmara requiring them to use force for their own protection. Three soldiers were captured, mistreated, and placed at risk by those passengers. Several others were wounded.
Of course it woundn’t be the UN if they didn’t criticize Israel for something, so they said Israel used “excessive force” in enforcing their perfectly legal blockade and rescuing their soldiers from violent attack. The Turks are pissed that the UN vindicated Israel and have decided to turn this into a diplomatic crisis.
Netanyahu has warned he would not be able to satisfy all the protesters’ demands, ranging from tax cuts, to expansion of free education and bigger government housing budgets.
You want the government to spend a bunch of money on a load of new goody programs, and you want them to cut taxes. What, are you people stupid?