Neighborhood Watch

While Israel threatens to commit the unspeakable act of building homes for its citizens in and near Jerusalem (pause for you to regain your senses), let’s have a look at some of the goings-on among its neighbors.

Syria:

Syrian fighter jets rocketed the Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 25 people sheltering in a mosque in an area where Syrian rebels have been trying to advance on the capital, opposition activists said.

They said the deaths resulted from a rocket hitting a mosque in the camp, to which refugees have fled from other fighting in nearby suburbs of Damascus.

That’s just wrong.

Lebanon:

A huge explosion, apparently at a Hizbullah weapons depot, rocked Lebanon near the border Monday morning, the country’s state news agency reported.

Hizbullah immediately accused Israel of carrying to an aerial bombing.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is responsible for maintaining security in the area, and it is investigating the blast, but Hizbullah cordoned off the area.

The explosion apparently was in an ammunition depot east of the port city of Tyre.

Similar explosions have occurred in the same area in the past two years. Hizbullah has denied that it stores weapons and ammunition in southern Lebanon, but Israel estimates that the terrorist organization not only stockpiles ammunition and guns but also has built up an arsenal of more than 60,000 missiles.

Hizbullah effectively controls southern Lebanon despite a ceasefire agreement that concluded the Second Lebanon War six years ago.

The truce, agreed to by then-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, prohibits a non-government military force from maintaining weapons.

Hizbullah never turned over its weapons and instead re-built its missile stockpile. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that Hizbullah has effectively become part of the army of Lebanon, whose majority government consists of a pro-Syria and Hizbullah coalition.

But I thought the UN was supposed to enforce a demilitarized zone south of the Litani River in Lebanon. Don’t tell me they failed! My illusions are ruined!

At least the new… observer status of Palestine—doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?—is enjoying its new status.

Isn’t it?

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad PA appealed to the Arab world Sunday night to provide a “safety net” and replace tax revenues Israel collected, which Israel is using to pay off PA debts for electricity supplied by Israel.

He urged Arab League nations to make good on pledges of $100 million a month, reiterating years-old warnings that his government was facing a “dangerous” financial crisis.

“I have nothing left to do but to urge our Arab brothers to activate this net, because until this point there has been no movement to deliver the $100 million,” Fayyad told reporters at a briefing in his Ramallah office.

“If this safety net is not activated quickly, I’ll call for an emergency Arab summit to discuss the financial situation because it’s a dangerous situation.”

The Arabs are welshers? Talk about illusions ruined!

Egypt looks like Switzerland compared to these maniacs

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