Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jewish settlers destroy 30 olive trees in a Palestinian grove in the south Hebron hills. Suspected Jewish extremists firebomb a Palestinian taxi traveling nr. Kefar Etzion settlement s. of Bethlehem, injuring the 6 passengers. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently writes to Palestinian Authority (PA) pres. Mahmud Abbas to pledge that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. (ToI 8/16; MNA, ToI 8/17)

Israeli pres. Shimon Peres warns against a unilateral Israeli military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. (NYT 8/16; Guardian 8/17)