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April 14, 2004

A SEA CHANGE IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S ISRAEL POLICY?

I wonder if it has anything to do with this report? Full story here:

RAMALLAH, Fla., April 13 (UPI) -- Yasser Arafat reportedly approved, in concept, an attack on a U.S. convoy in the Gaza Strip last year that took the lives of three Americans. . . .

The sources told MENL Arafat had approved a plan to hit U.S. interests in Palestinian areas. They said Arafat did not draft or approve any details for an attack, but agreed to a proposal to "pass a message" to the United States.

Looks like the message was received.

UPDATE: Thoughts on Arafat's future, here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: David Adesnik notes that the Times and Post are screwing up on several levels in covering developments in Israel.