Israel has agreed to let Russia deliver 25 armored vehicles to Palestinian security forces in the West Bank, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday - a move meant to bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his struggle with Hamas.
Russia had proposed shipping the armored vehicles to Palestinian security forces two years ago, but Israel initially balked, fearing the cars would fall into Hamas's hands. Later, the deal was bogged down by Palestinian plans to mount the vehicles with guns - something Israel refused to approve.
Apparently, it is okay now because the Russians have agreed to not sending the machine gun mounts, and in other news, apparently Fatah and Hamas are papering over their differences. (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas and Fatah signed a statement in San'a Sunday saying that they "accept the Yemeni initiative as a framework for resuming dialogue" to restore the normalcy that existed in Gaza before Hamas's takeover of the coastal region last June.Geeze, imagine that. I bet this decision of Olmert Administration will come back and bite this government in the butt. In fact, the questions becomes not 'if' but when.