Today the Palestinian Authority staked its claim in Jerusalem by reopening Orient House, supposedly against the wishes of the Israeli Government. Funny how this happens sometimes. All of the Palestinian negotiators say Jerusalem is on the table, foreign minister Livni says Jerusalem is on the table–but “I want to be PM for the rest of my life” Olmert, says it isn’t on the table. We will soon find out, because if Israel allows Orient House to remain open after declaring that it must stay closed…we know that Olmert is Lying. Of course Shas will find some way to say that it believes Olmert–over the last few weeks they have chosen “staying in power” to keeping the holy city of Jerusalem in one piece.
PA Defies Israel, Re-Opens PLO Headquarters in Jerusalem by Hana Levi Julian(IsraelNN.com) The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) ignored the government’s decision to extend the closure of PA institutions in the capital this week, and partially reopened Orient House, the official headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.On its website, Orient House is describe as being “the national headquarters of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem” that serves “the well-being of the Palestinian civilian population in Occupied Palestinian Jerusalem.”PA officials have begun to arrange meetings with foreign diplomats there and in other PA institutions in the eastern section of the capital, according to Voice of Israel government radio.An aide to PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad confirmed that security and intelligence officers are now operating in eastern Jerusalem on a limited basis, although formal PA departments have not reopened in Orient House. The move is a violation of an Israeli ban on any official PLO presence in the capital.Hatim Abdul-Qadir, a Fatah leader and PA government aide for Jerusalem affairs, confirmed in an interview with the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency that he and other PA officials have been holding meetings with foreign dignitaries at the building.Abdul-Qadir further admitted that PA security and intelligence officers are also now working out of Orient House, but claimed they do not carry weapons, do not wear military uniforms and are not authorized to make arrests. The senior aide added that the security and intelligence operatives “help resolve certain problems and collect information about the construction of Israeli settlements in [eastern] Jerusalem.”
The massive attack was carried out less than a year after the outbreak of the Oslo War, referred to by some as the Second Intifada. Thousands of Kassam rocket and mortar attacks have since battered communities in the western Negev, most targeting the city of Sderot, located less than a mile away from Gaza.