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Sunday, 8 April 2007

Whoops theres a little typo showing bias?

Sometimes an article is more interesting for what it doesn't say or even better what it accidently says!

Captors of Israeli soldier hand demands to Israel


After months of deadlock, the captors of an Israeli soldier handed Israel the names of Palestinian prisoners they want freed in exchange for the hostage, a senior Palestinian official said Saturday.

The release of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit is seen as a precondition for any possible progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. A swap could also help the new Palestinian unity government, a coalition of the Islamic militant Hamas and the moderate Fatah movement, in its quest for international acceptance.
[ Got to love how Fatah are now the 'moderates', gee I'd rather be killed by a moderate Fatah terrorist than a Hamas terrorists anyday... ]

Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti did not say how many names were on the kidnappers' list, which he said was forwarded to Israel by Egyptian mediators. Barghouti said the next move is up to Israel and that he hopes the swap will be carried out quickly.
[Is this an oxymoron? Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti did not say... ]

Israeli officials declined comment.

Shalit was captured 10 months ago by Hamas-allied militants who tunneled under the Gaza-Israel border, attacked an army post in Israel and snatched the soldier.

His captors initially demanded the release of 1,400 Palestinian prisoners, including women, minors and dozens of the longest-serving inmates. In all, some 9,300 Palestinian security prisoners are being held by Israel, one of the highest totals in 40 years of military occupation.
[Captured? Kidnapped would be just a little more correct]
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said he is willing, in principle, to release prisoners. However, the swap has been held up by disagreement over who should be freed. Israel balks at releasing those involved in attacks that killed or wounded Palestinians.
[Whoops.. move along folks, no bias showing here... ]

In recent weeks, there had been repeated reports that a list of names was handed to Israel. However, Barghouti's comments marked the first public confirmation. "If the Israeli government is serious, there is now a very good opportunity to end this chapter," Barghouti said.

Barghouti spoke after a special Cabinet meeting on reform of the Palestinian security services. He said the new interior minister presented a reform plan, but that another meeting would be held in a week.

Wrangling over control of the 85,000-strong security forces was a key reason for months of factional fighting that killed more than 140 Palestinians. Hamas and Fatah put off the thorny issue when they formed their government last month. At the center of the dispute is the fate of a 5,600-strong Hamas militia, formed a year ago as a counterweight to the security forces loyal to Fatah.
[ ... killed 140 Palestinians, where's the world out rage now? Lets just make it a little clearer the Palestinians killed 140 Palestinians, and these are the people we are supposed to negioate peace with? ]

Also Saturday, an Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed a Palestinian militant and wounded two. The Israeli military said it launched the strike after spotting the militants trying to plant a bomb. It said militants had planted explosives in the same area two days earlier.

The army said militants have planted more than 40 bombs along the border since Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel agreed on a cease-fire in November.
[There's that word again Cease Fire, Israel ceases Fire and the Palestinians shoot hundreds of rockets, and plant bombs , where's the world outrage now?.. ]

The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small militant group, said the militants were "on a holy mission" when they were hit by the Israeli force.

Israel says militants have been exploiting the lull to smuggle explosives, missiles and other weapons into Gaza through tunnels from neighboring Egypt.

During the truce, Palestinian militants have fired some 200 rockets into Israel, the army said, including two on Saturday. One of the rockets caused light damage to a building in the border town of Sderot, a common target of the militants. The army said there were no injuries.
Egypt's foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit urged both sides to calm, condemning Israel's Saturday airstrike, and called on Palestinians to refrain from firing rockets.
[ Condemning : Israel ..... Refrain : Palestinians
Some one notice more bias from the Egyptian Foreign Minister? ]

Also Saturday, the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent Fatah offshoot, said one of its most well-known gunmen, Zakariya Zubeyd,i was shot in the shoulder during a gunbattle with Israeli forces in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The group said Zubeydi was being treated at a private residence.

Israel's army confirmed it fired at a gunman in a battle in Jenin's refugee camp overnight, but said it did not know the identity of the target. Israel says Zubeydi has been involved in numerous attacks against Israelis, including deadly roadside shootings.

Zubeydi, a fluent Hebrew speaker, is often interviewed by the Israeli media. He is best known for his friendship with an Israeli woman, Tali Fahima, who was jailed for more than two years on charges she shared classified information with Zubeydi.

Somehow I think
"Israel balks at releasing those involved in attacks that killed or wounded Palestinians."
might be a rather revealing typo, what do you think?

The China Post via AP:
Captors of Israeli soldier hand demands to Israel