The Israeli-Arab conflict is about land. It is about colonies and walls and about binational states and two states and—in the end—about who has power. The Israelis with their eternal American supporters? Or the Palestinians, hopelessly divided and soaked—in Gaza, at least—in corruption and nepotism.
British Foreign Secretary David Milliband and other U.K. diplomats took some serious heat from Israeli officials after an arrest warrant was issued in London earlier this week for Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (above), accusing her of committing war crimes against Palestinians during last winter’s war in Gaza.
Will Israel become a “country of fear or a country of hope,” as Tzipi Livni, a candidate for Israeli prime minister and the current foreign minister, recently asked? This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report serves up an analysis of the coming election. (Hint: It doesn’t look good for the whole hope thing.)
Hamas agreed to temporarily stop fighting Israel for 24 hours on Monday, but the Palestinian organization said it would respond to any subsequent military action from Israeli forces with suicide attacks at the end of the cease-fire.