Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Baby dies in new Israeli incursion

Within hours of Condoleezza Rice having left the West Bank, Israeli tanks rolled into Gaza. Already there are reports of a baby having died and several militants being injured in fighting. The two hour incursion also secured the capture of two ‘Islamic Jihad’ fighters by Israeli soldiers. The continued incursions will do nothing to improve the situation on the ground between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government. Peace talks are already on hold after Mahmoud Abbas pulled out of negotiations earlier. Besides the deteriorating situation, President Bush said he was “optimistic” there would be a peace deal before he leaves office at the end of the year. Speaking during a visit to Jordan where he met King Abdullah, President Bush said, "Ten months is a long time. It's plenty of time to get a deal done" [BBC / CNN / Al Jazeera]

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