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Silwan, Jerusalem, Israel: Israeli riot police detain a Palestinian man in a car whose rear window was smashed during clashes between Palestinian youth and the Israeli police. Israel is to reply to a letter from Mahmud Abbas voicing the Palestinian president’s grievances over the failed peace process, a senior Palestinian official said.
A Palestinian protester throws a molotov cocktail towards Israeli security forces during clashes outside Ofer prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 17, 2012. The clashes broke out during a rally marking Palestinian Prisoners Day. At least 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails launched an open-ended hunger strike on Tuesday, upping the stakes in a protest movement that has put the Jewish state under pressure.
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Jerusalem, Israel: Israeli border police officers use pepper spray on a Palestinian demonstrator during a rally outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Land Day. Israeli security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up protesters throwing stones on Friday as the annual rallies turned violent. Land Day commemorates the killing of six Arabs in 1976 during protests against government plans to confiscate land in northern Israel.
Obama simply has run out of options. So he has cut his losses and capitulated - what any serious leader does when he recognizes the forces against him are so massive there’s no hope but to wait for a recapitalization after another election victory. Meanwhile, Netanyahu remains in Israel an extension of the GOP at home - and more secure than ever because the GOP has adopted wholesale the Christianist support for Greater Israel on theological grounds. What is at stake is nothing less than America’s global credibility as a power able to act in its own interests, outside the demands of religious fundamentalists and Democratic donors. That has now been revealed, when it comes to Israel, as essentially impossible.