Inside the Middle East
September 1, 2010
Posted: 839 GMT

From Michal Zippori, CNN

Jerusalem (CNN) - Four Israelis - including a pregnant woman - were killed Tuesday near Hebron in the West Bank in a shooting for which the militant wing of Hamas claimed responsibility, officials said.

Israeli soldiers inspect a settlers' car after it was ambushed by Palestinian gunmen in the southern West Bank Tuesday.
Israeli soldiers inspect a settlers' car after it was ambushed by Palestinian gunmen in the southern West Bank Tuesday.

The incident occurred near Bani Naim junction, the largely Palestinian territory where Jews have settled in places like Hebron, Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibowitz said. The victims were in a car on Route 60, the IDF website said.

Guy Gonen, a paramedic who was one of the first people on the scene, said the car was sprayed with bullets.

More than a dozen bullet holes were found in the left side of the white Subaru station wagon in which they were driving.

The attack comes ahead of direct talks scheduled to begin Thursday in Washington between Israeli and Palestinian leaders - the first such talks since 2008. Read full article on

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miriam   September 1st, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Jews have not "settled" in Hebron in the manner this blog is suggesting.

Hebron is a holy city to Jews where they lived for hundreds of years continuously until 1929.

Following the brutal massacre of the Jewish community, the British removed the survivors and following the 1948 war Jordan banned Jews from returning.

In 1967, Jews were able to return to Hebron and re-establish the community.

A similar account can be related for many other commnunities however because of the revised narrative, Jews are described as settlers, land-grabbers, thieves and any other derogatory adjective simply for wanting to live in their historical homeland.

Despite the obviously discriminatory and racist demands forbidding Jews to reside in specific regions of the ME, Israel has transfered her residents out of Gaza and is willing to compromise in the West Bank.

Unfortunately, the significance of such actions is ignored by some of her detractors, seen as weakness by others and in the opinion of many Israelis, has only brought more terror and violence.

Smith in Oregon   September 1st, 2010 6:07 pm ET

After a large Grail missile was recently launched into Israel, Israel responded as it routinely has in the past by carrying out several aerial bombings of Gaza civilian neighborhoods with 500lb pounds. Quite a number of Gaza residents were killed by the bombs, then word came out that the single missile was actually launched many miles away from EGYPT. Israel did not apologize for the terror and lives lost by the aerial bombing and The White House didn't condemn Israel for falsely accusing the Gaza people and then bombing Gaza residents for that Egyptian attack. Why the double standard here?

Brave Heart   September 2nd, 2010 7:59 am ET

When we are talking about Gaza, we should not forget that they are 1.5M population arrested with no food or water, no power, and no medicine in the sight and scene of the free world with the blessing and support of USA.
WHY : because it proved to be the first democratic system in the middle east who chose Hamas,..!!

I'll be very happy if I saw this comment in this blog...

DM   September 2nd, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Gaza is not "starving", it is not "without medicine". Starving people do not build olympic pools and brand new malls.

proud zionist   September 2nd, 2010 2:58 pm ET


as usual you do not know what you are talking about

there are no Grail missiles, there never were

after the rockets were fired from Egypt into Akaba, nothing happened

Akaba, you nitwit, is in Jordan and there were casualties in Akaba

but let me not confuse you with facts, you wouldn't recognize one if it hit you in the face, ignoramus

Smith in Oregon   September 2nd, 2010 11:45 pm ET

Among Israel's ban of goods into Gaza include Cement and Wheelchairs and an abundance of fresh water.

It is utter nonsense to spew that Gaza is building shopping malls when they don't even have cement, nor the amount of fresh water out of Israel to fill Olympic sized swimming pools which would consume more electrical power than the vast majority of Gaza has, and require chemical treatments of the pool water which Israel also bans.

miriam   September 3rd, 2010 10:40 am ET


Once again distorting facts and creating myths.

Missiles are fired into Israel almost every other day.

Israel sometimes responds by bombing smuggling tunnels or bomb factories with very few injuries.

Gazans, including civilians, have been killed in "work accidents" when explosives detonate during construction by Palestinian terrorists in homes and work-places.

Iranian made missiles were launched into Israel and Jordan from Egyptian terrirtory in early August, killing one Jordanian civilian. There was no mistaking where the missile was fired from and Israel has yet to respond.

Fred Brun   September 3rd, 2010 12:42 pm ET

DM for your information. Are the conditions similiar in Israel as described below?

"The UN humanitarian co-ordinator said last week that the formal economy in Gaza has "collapsed" and 60% of households were short of food. According to UN statistics, around 70% of Gazans live on less than $1 a day, 75% rely on food aid and 60% have no daily access to water.

Luxury foods are banned and a UN report last year said that on average it took 85 days to get shelter kits into Gaza, 68 days to deliver health and paediatric hygiene kits, and 39 days for household items such as bedding and kitchen utensils. It said that school textbooks and stationery had been delayed.

The effect of the blockade was felt even more acutely in the aftermath of the invasion of the strip by Israeli forces in the winter of 2008-9, as materials needed for reconstruction were delayed or banned from entering Gaza. A UN factfinding mission described the blockade as "collective punishment"."

smooth status   September 4th, 2010 12:29 am ET

It didn’t have to be this way. Appeasing Saudi Arabia “could have been avoided,” Bard writes, if U.S. policymakers had pursued energy independence or simply “taken a tough stand” and insisted that “the Arab states back American interests.” President John F. Kennedy, for instance, pushed Saudi Arabia to abolish slavery, something Bard cites as proof that “a determined president can demand that the Saudis adhere to Western moral and ethical standards.” For decades, the Saudis have “constantly needed American cash,” yet many administrations have allowed them to “cleverly [play] on U.S. fears” of increased oil prices or collusion with the former Soviet Union.

miriam   September 7th, 2010 12:07 pm ET


The UN would claim such so as to justify their presence in the Strip, exacerbating the problems there as they have done for over 60 years.

Of course you won't hear about how the conditions were better for the Gazans under Israeli rule than they were under the Egyptians and now under the current Hamas control.

You won't hear much from the UN that Israel is doing far more than is required to do under International Humanitarian Law or that the Hamas leadership is violating almost every obligation it has under International Humanitarian Law.

Similarly, the UN is unlikely to comment on poverty in Israel and other problems typical in all societies, nor on the boycotts and sanctions applied to her by outsiders since the UN did not set up a special committee or organization to deal with the Jewish refugees from Europe, North Africa and Arab countries who were homeless and suffering in 1948, despite the fact that they far out-numbered the Arab refugees.

Filipe   September 7th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

Smith In the cave in Oregon!

Since you seem to be out of touch with reality--here´s a link where you can read about and see the new airconditioned shopping mall in Gaza.,7340,L-3922441,00.html

muhhad   October 1st, 2010 1:43 pm ET

Gaza is not in crisis.. they have more food then any other African country. actually because of the Israeli government they r not starving.

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