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PA petitions UN against Israeli 'war crimes'

After obtaining U.N. recognition as a nonmember state, Palestinians request a Security Council session based on Israel's decision to build housing units in area E1 • "We must take advantage of this anger against Israel," says PA foreign minister.

Daniel Siryoti

Palestinian leaders delivered a harsh complaint to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday in light of Israel's recent decision to move ahead with plans to build an additional 3,000 housing units in area E1 between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.

A letter sent to Ban from Ramallah said "Israel is acting belligerently and forcefully while trampling on all the principles and guidelines of international law, and responds with disdain and insult to the demands and will of the international community. All enlightened countries of the world must send a clear and tough message to the Israeli government saying that its illegitimate policies will result in severe consequences and a deepening of its political isolation, which it alone will be responsible for due to the obstacles it has placed in the path of peace."

A statement by the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday said that in accordance with the new Palestinian status in the U.N., PA leaders are in contact with U.N. Security Council officials with the goal of forcing Israel to cancel its decision to build in area E1. "The expansion of the settlements is tantamount to war crimes and we will not sit idly by," the statement said.

Egypt joined other countries on Tuesday in summoning Israel's ambassador to rebuke Israel for its decision. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki congratulated the Egyptian move and said, "We must take advantage of this anger against Israel and work to form a united international front that will determinedly oppose Israel."

Malki pointed out that King Abdullah II of Jordan is scheduled to visit Ramallah on Thursday and said, "This will be a historic visit, since it will represent the first visit by a leader to the state of Palestine that was recognized by the U.N. A visit by King Abdullah is a clear message to Israel that Jordan stands by the Palestinians."

Also on Thursday, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal is set to make a historic visit of his own to the Gaza Strip.

I have an old cop frame of mind.

Don't know if I got it from my grandfather that used to be an old west sheriff, he always carried a brace of pistols and a sap.

Or if I got it from being an old time deputy myself.

But I figure like this if the punishment doesn't fit the crime then it isn't effective.

I will spell it out like this, I meet someone on a dark street.

They tell me, give me your money, I have a gun and I am not afraid to use it.

Now I can reach into my pocket and pull out a sap and try and knock the guy out. But I risk getting shot while I try to save this guys life.

Or I can pull out my Glock and fill the guy with lead to the point he is dead before he hits the ground.

Either way, the punishment for me is going to be the same.

I going to put so much lead in this guy he is going to sound like a babies rattle.

So you want to get all worked up over 3000 apartments, fine.

I will just annex it all, take my punishment, but the problem is solved.

Looks to me, the Palestinians are not going to choose wisely.

I pray Bibi, pulls out his Glock and deals in lead ,instead of words.

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