Donald Trump has run roughshod over international law and set fire to the Middle East with his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And after he did all that, his second-in-command, Mike Pence, will visit the Wailing Wall next week, in the eastern (Arab, occupied) sector of the city, not on an official visit but on a “private” one. After they threw the stone, they’re trying to keep their head down.
These rulers of the world don’t have even a shred of consistency. On Monday, Pence also postponed his arrival in Jerusalem because of the protests triggered by Trump’s proclamation, giving the U.S. Senate’s vote on tax reform as the official reason. Meanwhile, the fire is spreading more and more. The ”day of rage” declared by the Palestinians on Friday, the day of Islamic prayers, ended with three Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers, two in Gaza and one in the West Bank.
A fourth Palestinian, Mohammed Aql, was killed in al Baloua, on the eastern outskirts of Ramallah. After he stabbed and wounded an official of the Israeli Border Guard in the shoulder, the other soldiers shot him three times in cold blood as he was backing away. The Palestinians are describing it as a cold-blooded execution, and a video showing the events has gone viral. The Israelis, for their part, say Aql was wearing an explosive belt (clearly visible in photographs published by many websites), but last night it was still unclear if it was real or fake.