While the Arab World revolts, Israelis covet Jerusalem: mosques, Arab names and all
While the Arab world has been subverting the system and making some noise, Palestinians have by and large remained quiet as the spotlight left them. Bar a few attempts to wage peaceful protests on Israel's surrounding borders mid May, Palestine has been somewhat sidelined by the 'Arab cause'.
Or looking at it another way, Fateh and Hamas made a unity agreement before the disgruntled Palestinians had a chance to pipe up. The Raffah crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt was reopened successfully again after teething problems the first time round in late May. While all is raging in the wider Arab hemisphere, Palestine seemed to be taking a back burner by all, not least themselves. Continue reading below »
Not by Israel though. Some contingents of Israel proper seem to have taken a no-holds-barred approach in this period, as they provoke and poke at Palestine's sensitivities: nothwithstanding the most charged sore spot - Jerusalem. As unrest rages in the wider Arab world, Israel steals the opportunity to pursue its Jerusalem dream- marking its territory on Arab names and key mosques.