Ed: 34: September/2009
On Aug. 10, Fatah concluded its Sixth Congress, the first in 20 years. Although media attention has focused on some of the summit's disturbing pronouncements, significant political developments also occurred.
It says something about the politically pathologised state of Palestinian society that Hamas - itself a murderous Islamist terrorist group bent on Israel's destruction - found an even crazier group to fight with in mid-August.
Every week new reports are published on the number of civilians killed in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. Again and again, Israel is blamed for "disproportionate casualties among civilians."
The opposition is going straight to the source in their search for legitimacy, accusing Khamenei of disrespecting Khomeini's legacy and claiming Khomeini's mantle for itself.
An Israeli plan to build 20 housing units in the Shepherd Hotel compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem has added a new dimension to an already complex dispute between the Obama Administration and Israel over continued construction in eastern Jerusalem.