Todah to Shirl for this breaking news:
TEL AVIV (JTA) – Hundreds of Arabs from Syria stormed across the border into Israel on Sunday, prompting Israeli troops to respond with live fire killing at least four people.
The number of Arabs from Syria who breached the border on the Golan Heights was estimated at 400 to 1,000. The Israel Defense Forces declared the area of Majdal Shams, a Druze town near Mount Hermon, a closed military zone as Israeli troops tried to round up those who had infiltrated the border. The incident, which marked the first major eruption of violence along the border in decades, came on the same day that an Israeli Arab rammed atruck into pedestrians in Tel Aviv, killing one.
Elsewhere around Israel and the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians protested to mark Nakba Day – the day Arabs mark the “catastrophe” of Israel’s [re-]birth on May 15, 1948.
Israeli troops also fired on Palestinian protestors who approached Israel's border with Gaza, wounding several teens, according to reports.
In Lebanon, thousands of Arabs reportedly converged on Israel’s border to demonstrate, but they were pushed back when the Lebanese Army fired warning shots into the air.
In Jerusalem, Palestinian demonstrators also reportedly threw firebombs at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus...
At the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one can check out a summary of today's editorials from the Hebrew press in English, courtesy of the Government Press Office. For instance,
Yediot Aharonot asks: "Does anyone in this region really want a Palestinian state now? No. Even though that is what seems to be happening. Those who, for now, do not want a state are the Palestinians themselves. The Palestinians – I mean the political and social elite – want with all their hearts to end the Israeli occupation. A state is a whole other story. The Palestinians understand, for example, that with the establishment of a state, they will have to concede in perpetuity the territory on the other side of their twisting borders. They understand that establishing a single sovereign state of the Palestinian people will automatically bury the 'right of return.'"
The author surmises, "Who does want a Palestinian now? The Americans: The Presidents of the United States, from Clinton through Bush to Obama have already founded a Palestinian state in their speeches, recognized it, outlined its borders and promised to assist it. They view it as an anchor to their policy and a just end to an old conflict that they want to resolve for religious, ideological and strategic reasons.
Project Palestine is an (almost) exclusively American project.
I would not take that lightly...."