What's wrong with you, Israel??
I have to admit, I understand Israel less with every passing day. For example, since the sickness of the Egyptian-born terrorist Mohammed Abdul Rahman al-Husseini ("Yasser Arafat") became known, Israel has shown itself to stand on feet of clay, if not on feet of butter. At the outset, assurances were given that the said terrorist could return safely to his Ramallah sty; similarly, the headquarters of the said terrorist, where dozens of terrorists found refuge, were never raided.
Another Israeli feet-of-clay feat was reported today by JPost:
Enemy leaders can attend Arafat's funeralAll this is sure to be interpreted by the Arabs as more Israeli weakness, with the inevitable consequences: empowering more Arab terrorism.
Israel will allow foreign leaders, including those from enemy states, to attend the funeral of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat should it be held in the Gaza Strip, government officials said Sunday.
Israel is also prepared to allow West Bank and Gaza Palestinians who are not deemed dangerous access to the funeral, they said.
Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told reporters in Beijing, where he is on a four-day visit, that Israel "will do everything" to let foreign dignitaries attend Arafat's funeral if it is held in Gaza.
In the same context, we read in anther JPost article as follows:
Israel is putting together a package of humanitarian gestures for emerging new leaders in the Palestinian Authority, although these stop short of allowing Yasser Arafat to be buried in Jerusalem, government sources said Saturday.At the time Abu Mazen became PM, Israel was coerced to making a major "gesture" that included prisoner release, easing of Arab travel, unfreezing of funds, etc. The Arab answer was to increase terrorism. Will the Israelis never learn from their experience?
Suggestion for Israel: Try to shop for a Patton or Sherman to replace Sharon.