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Fueled by American and Saudi money, Lebanese voters gave the parliamentary majority to Walid Jumblatt’s anti-Hezbollah bloc.

While nominally a victory for America, the vote actually marked a huge defeat. In only the second election following a major war in 2006, Hezbollah’s bloc retained almost 50 percent of the vote. With this dynamic, Hezbollah will form the government in the next elections. Nearly half of all Lebanese citizens showed strong support for the most aggressive policy, which will be spearheaded by Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has controlled the Lebanese government before and will push for veto power again.

The less-than-majority results benefit Hezbollah. Had it won, Hezbollah would have to moderate in order to conduct Lebanese foreign relations. Formally a minority bloc, Hezbollah can continue its aggressive course unconcerned with international reaction.

The Lebanese constitution prevented Hezbollah from running alone. The Lebanese parliament has quotas for religious groups, and Shiite Hezbollah needs Christian and Druze allies to fill the slots. Hezbollah won as much as it was allowed to win under the Lebanese constitution.

A Fatah court sentenced a twenty-two-year-old Palestinian woman to death for spying for Israel. Unlike for Iran, no human rights group condemned the Palestinian barbarity.

The woman apparently supplied Israel with information on Palestinian terrorists—the very information that Fatah undertook to provide to Israel and act upon according to the Oslo Accords and the Road Map.

As Obama’s envoy Mitchell demanded the immediate resumption of the “peace” talks between Israel and the Palestinian thugs, Abbas reiterated his refusal to negotiate until Netanyahu accepts a two-state solution, which is actually twenty-two states for Arabs and one state for Jews and Arabs together.

Abbas counts on embarrassing Obama into pressing Netanyahu to accept a Palestinian state.

In his soon-to-be-announced peace platform, Netanyahu will likely engage in typical Jewish scheming instead of plainly refusing to cede Jewish land to Muslims. He will accept something short of a Palestinian state, perhaps nominal “Palestinian self-rule,” but condition it on impossible progress in curbing Palestinian terrorism.

Unfortunately, Netanyahu lacks the guts to let Hamas into the West Bank and bury Fatah along with the peace process.

IDF engaged Palestinian gunmen and mortar squads who approached the Gaza border near the Karni Crossing, obviously to attack the Israelis. A number of Arabs are dead in the lopsided fighting, in which IDF employed tanks and helicopters.

Though Hamas remains at ceasefire with Israel, Haniye praised the Palestinian fighters for what indeed was a daring attack.

In a shocking move, the government paid 250,000 shekels to fifty Arab families who allegedly suffered minor damage to their houses during the Hebron riots last December.

By thus accepting its responsibility, the government opens itself to myriad Palestinian claims against IDF.

The government’s move is especially obscene considering that the Palestinian Authority refuses to make payments to Jewish victims of its terror as ordered by Israeli and American court verdicts. The government also ignored extensive damage to Jewish houses from routine Palestinian riots in Hebron, where many Jews live in bullet-ridden caravans.

When Hillary Clinton was New York’s junior US senator from 2001 to 2009, she was a vocal supporter of Israel. She was especially strong on Jerusalem, stating in a September 2007 position paper that she believed “Israel’s right to exist in safety as a Jewish state, with defensible borders and an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, must never be questioned.”

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