In the Arena

Trouble on the West Bank

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We don’t know yet who committed the horrific murder of a family of 5 Jewish settlers at Itamar in the West Bank, but the Jerusalem Post reports that the settlers are marching on a neighboring Palestinian area, throwing rocks. That’s not good–and the murders, if it turns out they were the work of a Palestinian extremist, could mark the end of a largely peaceful period on the West Bank, which would be a real shame, given the economic and law enforcement progress that the Abbas-Fayyad government has made there. It’s still possible that the murders had nothing to do with Israel/Palestine struggle–although expecting the worst is usually a safe bet in the Middle East.