Thursday, March 25, 2010

Netanyahu returns to Israel without an agreed draft blueprint. Though he is welcomed home by a small group of supporters with signs saying “Obama, No You Can’t” and “Netanyahu Stand Strong,” he reportedly feels “humiliated” by Obama and is “truly stunned by the Obama administration’s unprecedented willingness to criticize Israel over building in the annexed part of Jerusalem.” (NYT, WP 3/26)

IDF troops on the s. Gaza border fire on Palestinians scavenging for construction materials nr. the Sufa crossing site 150 m fr. the border, wounding 1; a 15-yr.-old Palestinian boy is wounded in a similar incident on the n. Gaza border. Israeli naval vessels fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the n. Gaza coast, seriously wounding 1 fisherman. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts late-night arrest raids, house searches in and around Jenin town and r.c. (OCHA, PCHR 4/1)