Who runs the country?

Amira Hass, Haaretz, October 20:

“The IDF’s Central Command has decided to cancel the military escort for Palestinian children on their way to school in the south of Hebron, Haaretz has learned.

“The military escort, which was introduced about a year ago, protected the children from repeated attacks by Israeli settlers near the Maon and Havat Maon settlements.

“The escort was cancelled yesterday following the murder Sunday of three young settlers from the region at the Gush Katif intersection, because settlers began to gather in groups on the roads and the IDF is reluctant to clash with them.

“Palestinian and diplomatic sources told Haaretz that they feared revenge acts in the area following the murder.”

Hebron personifies the immorality of the occupation. Hundreds of Messianic Jews living amongst thousands of Palestinians. Arabs are treated like third-class citizens. And Jews openly advocate ethnic cleansing.

Israel is serious about peace.

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