Abbas Backtracks After Waffling On “Right” of Return

You have to sift through the criticism of Israel, but today’s NY Times staff-ed opposes the Palestinian statehood bid. Here’s the key snippet you might’ve easily overlooked:

It is not a move that will do anyone any good. It will not change facts on the ground, and it will come at a cost.

And you thought this only happened in the movies. Don’t worry, nobody’s blaming Israel.

Crocodile roams Gaza sewer network

Come to think of it, maybe this’ll stop the Palestinians from ripping up their own sewage pipes to build rockets.

The Guardian bashes the security barrier. Businesses in Bir Nabala have hit on hard times, and  I feel for them. I also feel for the Israeli drivers in the West Bank who used to face stone-throwings, firebombs, and drive-by shootings, but they ruin the mood Harriet Sherwood’s trying to create.

Arafat’s body to be exhumed on Nov. 26, reports AP. Photographers are probably already staking out spots around the mausoleum.

Rest O’ the Roundup

The Israeli media’s buzzing that we were on the verge of war with Iran in 2010.

Israeli media confirms secret US-Iran contacts. Following up on a recent NY Times scoop,  YNet identifies Valerie Jarrett, an Obama aide born in Iran, as the go-between.

YNet: “Tehran half-heartedly admits to backing weapons factory in Sudan.”

Peter Mullen (Daily Telegraph) wonders why David Cameron wants to sell weapons to Arab states, but not Israel.

20 killed as Syrian army shells rebel positions in the Yarmouk refugee camp. As Maan News points out the creation of a rebel Palestinian brigade made the shelling inevitable:

Some rebels said last week they had begun arming sympathetic Palestinians to fight the PFLP-GC, which has helped Assad in his crackdown on the 19-month-old revolt.

The shelling of suspected rebel positions in Yarmouk, a swarming camp home to 150,000 Palestinian refugees and perhaps as many Syrians, appeared to be the army’s way of supporting the PFLP-GC.

Egypt’s interior minister sacked a high-level Sinai security chief after jihadis killed three policemen in El-Arish.

(Image of flag via Flickr/kevin dooley, masks via OpenClipArt/wasat, crocodile via Flickr/DeusXFlorida)

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