We interrupt your Shabbes peace for breaking news, because this is just so scarey. I think they announce these things on or near Shabbes specifically so that we won't know...
Am I unneccessarily paranoid? You decide.
WASHINGTON – On the eve of his visit to the Middle East, US special envoy George Mitchell threatened that his country would freeze its aid to Israel if the Jewish state failed to advance peace talks with the Palestinians and a two-state solution.
.... Mitchell is expected to be carrying letters of "guarantees" outlining the US position.
The letters are likely to contain gestures to both sides. For the Palestinians, that would include criticism of settlements and the belief that the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War should be the basis of a future peace deal.
For the Israelis, they would acknowledge that post-1967 demographic changes on the ground must be taken into account, meaning that Israel would be able to keep some settlements....
"The June map is for us equivalent to insecurity and danger. I do not exaggerate when I say that it has for us something of a memory of Auschwitz. We shudder when we think of what would have awaited us in the circumstances of June 1967, if we had been defeated; with Syrians on the mountain and we in the valley, with the Jordanian army in sight of the sea, with the Egyptians - who hold our throat in their hands - in Gaza.
This is a situation which will never be repeated in history."
-- Abba Eban, Nov. 5, 1969