<%image(20060314-israel_jericho_map203.gif|203|152|israel)%> Things seem to be deteriorating in Israel and Palestine very quickly. It’s amazing how both sides, who claim to be working toward a resolution to the conflict, keep stirring up anger and violence. This time, it appears that Israel is the aggressor. The BBC reports this morning:
“Israeli troops have stormed a prison in the West Bank town of Jericho, demanding the handover of a Palestinian militant Ahmed Saadat.
Mr Saadat, who Israel blames for the assassination of a minister in 2001, has refused to surrender.”
The article goes on to say, “Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza have been demonstrating against the Israeli operation in Jericho. Palestinian militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades in Gaza City have warned US and UK nationals to leave the Palestinian territories immediately.”
Apparently there is a lot more going on here than anyone is willing to admit. Saadat was being guarded by UK and US personnel, but they apparently left him. Now Israel has moved in. What does Israel expect to gain from this? It seems like it’s just another huge jump backward from peace. Seeing how this conflict spirals out of control, I am more convinced than ever that violence such as this should only be an absolute last resort. Who knows what will happen as a result of this action by Israel.