U.S. will be Blamed for Israeli Break into Palestinian Jail
|Israel sent 50 jeeps, three tanks, and an armored bulldozer into the West bank town of Jericho in the Jordan valley, as two helicopters hovered overhead. Grabbing Ahmed Saadat was apparently the main objective. Saadat, leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, is blamed by Israel for killing a cabinet minister in 2001. An Israeli army spokesman said 182 people had been taken from the prison and were being questioned, including 26 wounded. Saadat, however, and between 30 and 80 other people were still hold up in the compound, at last report from the BBC. Aljazeera is reporting that Saadat has already surrendered.|
This story will cause diplomatic problems, as the U.S. and the U.K. had been monitoring the jail under a 2002 agreement with the Palestinians. Recently concerns for the security of the monitors had grown, and they were pulled out shortly before the Israeli raid. Anticipate much more on the timing of these events to come out.
Demonstrations, kidnappings, and killings have already occurred in response in Palestinian territory. This looks like more than the average Israeli – Palestinian violence, in a time that was already tense and uncertain.
Charges of U.S. complicity with the Israeli's are going to come fast and furious, which can do nothing but inflame the overall middle east situation. It will no doubt cause anti-western propaganda and demonstrations beyond the west bank.