Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises
Israel’s military operation could be interpreted as a reply to rocket attacks. Yet, the chronology of events, precise targeting (eg, of Hamas’s principal military leader) and overwhelming response suggest more than that. Israeli decision-makers were delivering a message: if Hamas thinks it enjoys a cloak of immunity, if Cairo thinks it can deter Jerusalem, think again.

Israelis awoke on Tuesday to the news that they have a new government—one of “national unity”—which immediately pledged to push through a raft of sweeping reforms.

They went to bed on Monday night believing they had a broken-down government and were headed for elections. As far as they knew the Knesset (parliament) was in the process of dissolving itself and arranging, by consensus, for early elections on September 4th.

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AIRLINES have cancelled the tickets of over half of the pro-Palestinian activists planning to take part in a “flytilla” protest scheduled for Sunday, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported early on Sunday morning. The Israeli government sent the airlines a letter warning that the 1,500 or so protesters, who claim they were going to protest against settlement construction in the West Bank, were in fact planning to “disturb the peace and confront security forces at Ben Gurion International Airport and at other points of friction.”

The government’s claims are “simply not true”, a spokesman for the protest told Haaretz, adding that the activists are planning legal action against the airlines for “bowing to Israeli pressure”.

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 Israel cut working relations with the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday and will bar a U.N. team from entering Israel or the West Bank for a planned investigation of Jewish settlements, the Foreign Ministry said.

Israel accuses the council of having a pronounced anti-Israel bias because of what it says is its disproportionate focus on Israeli policy toward the Palestinians.

Israeli leaders have been in an uproar over the council’s adoption of a resolution last week condemning Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and its decision to send a fact-finding mission to investigate.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Israel was severing working ties with the council.

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