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January 05, 2003

The worst attacks of all are the ones that come after a lull, when things seem like they're just starting to cool off. I'm sure you know by now, but at least 22 have been murdered at a bus stop in Tel Aviv.

Suicide bombers strike at the oddest times, it seems. One of the groups that initially claimed responsibility, Islamic Jihad, is right now engaed in (evidently farcial) 'cease-fire' talks in Egypt. And of course, coming just 23 days before the election, this can only help Ariel Sharon's chances. The Israeli right is, obviously, stepping up their calls for Arafat's explusion, and other hard measures. (Arafat is of limited use anyway.) I wonder if militant groups really have the best interests of the Palestinians in mind, or know what constitutes the best interests of the Palestinians.

There is some good news from Israel today: Jordanian engineers have begun to repair damage to the south wall of the Temple Mount, ending a two-year dispute between the Israeli government and the Waqf. There were serious fears it would collapse, which would no doubt plunge the region into catastrophe. (Which would, no doubt, have been blamed on Israel.).

(Crossposted here.)