World View: Palestinians Celebrate with Fireworks as Israel Releases 26 Prisoners

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  • Thousands of Palestinians celebrate with fireworks as Israel releases 26 prisoners
  • Israel's 'Iron Dome' anti-missile system intercepts Sinai rocket
  • China's propaganda program frightens opponents and stirs domestic nationalism

Thousands of Palestinians celebrate with fireworks as Israel releases 26 prisoners

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas welcomes the released Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday (AFP)
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas welcomes the released Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday (AFP)

Israel on Tuesday released 26 Palestinians from prison as its first of four such releases as one of the conditions for "peace process" negotiations with the Palestinians to proceed. The 26 were welcomed as heroes in the West Bank and Gaza, where thousands of Palestinian well-wishers cheered their arrival as fireworks lit the sky. The 26 have all been prisoners since before the 1994 Oslo peace agreement, and had been convicted of crimes such as murder or terrorism. Relatives of the Israeli victims held protests all day, and some protesters tried briefly to block the buses from leaving. The "peace talks" between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. AP

Israel's 'Iron Dome' anti-missile system intercepts Sinai rocket

With terrorism increasing in Egypt's Sinai region, which is on the border with both Gaza and Israel, concerns have been growing of rocket attacks on Israel from Sinai. On Tuesday, terrorists in Sinai fired rockets into Israel, targeting the southern city of Eilat. At least one rocket was intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome" anti-missile system. No missiles struck Eilat. The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis jihadi group claimed credit for launching several Grad missiles, blaming the attack on last week's never-confirmed missile strike on Sinai terrorists by an Israeli drone. Jerusalem Post and Reuters

China's propaganda program frightens opponents and stirs domestic nationalism

During crises earlier this year between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal, and between China and Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, the Chinese media contained regular appearances of People's Liberation Army (PLA) figures making threatening and hawkish statements. While some China analysts called these remarks "reckless statements, with no official authorization," they were remarkably effective. On the one hand, they stoked Chinese nationalism, leading nearly 80% of the Chinese people to support military action and war against the Philippines for the latter's "provocations." On the other hand, they forced other countries to accept a new status quo: the Philippines backed down completely and ceded the Scarborough Shoal to Chinese ships, while the Japanese backed down partially, forced to accept almost daily confrontations with Chinese patrol boats around the Senkaku Islands. Although not official Chinese policy, the PLA's "hawkish faction" appear integral to Chinese handling of international conflict. Jamestown


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