Even in Israel the occupation policy is criticized. An April 15 Haaretz editorial offers sobering words : The Defense Minister's green light to appropriate land in the West Bank ... shatters Israelis' hopes for resolving the conflict with the Palestinians
He describes himself as: "a proud, British-born Muslim", but said that if he had to settle in the Middle East, he would opt for Israel, "the only nation in the Middle East that shares the same democratic values as Britain.
The office of Pres. Abbas rushed to deny reports that the Palestinian leader had condemned a deadly terrorist attack on an Israeli family, after Abbas's silence on the matter had been blasted as deeply complicating efforts to sustain flagging peace talks.