This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- Israel masses troops on Gaza border and violence escalates in Jerusalem
- China reaffirms plans to annex India’s Arunachal Pradesh province
- China’s Xi Jinping visits S. Korea and disparages N. Korea
Israel masses troops on Gaza border and violence escalates in Jerusalem
Israel is facing escalating violence on two fronts — barrages ofrockets from Gaza and street violence in Jerusalem — a day after aPalestinian teen was abducted, burnt, and killed, possibly in revengeby Israeli settlers for the abduction and deaths of three Israeliteens. Both the Israeli and Palestinian populations are expressingdeep anger and a desire for retribution and revenge.
Israel’s warplanes have been targeting “Hamas terror sites” in theGaza Strip in response to over 20 rockets fired from Gaza into Israelsince Wednesday. Palestinian officials say that 10 civilians werewounded. In Israel, two houses were damaged, but no injuries werereported.
Reports indicate that Israel’s cabinet is split on whether to launchan all-out attack on Hamas in Gaza or to assassinate Hamas leaders.At the very least, it’s expected that Israel will wait at least a dayto see if the violence subsides before undertaking any militaryoperations. VOA and Washington Post and Jerusalem Post
China reaffirms plans to annex India’s Arunachal Pradesh province
China reaffirmed its plans to annex other countries’ territories inthe South China Sea by publishing a new map, as we described two days ago. The new maphas raised concerns in Vietnam, the Philippines and other neighbors.
It turns out that this map also similarly reaffirms China’s plans toannex India’s province of Arunachal Pradesh, which China refers to as
Because of the threat from China, India’s new prime minister NarendraModi has announced a plan to impart “military training” to peopleliving in areas close to the China-India border. The government plansto train border populations at the level of a paramilitary force andeven give them arms training so that in times of emergency they can beutilized. According to India’s Home Ministry, “[The] borderpopulation makes the eyes and ears of a government on the border. Theyare the biggest bulwark against any aggression by the enemy as theylive there and watch every movement.” The Diplomat and Times of India
China’s Xi Jinping visits S. Korea and disparages N. Korea
China’s president Xi Jinping made his first state visit to South Koreaon Thursday, and joined South Korean president Park Geun-hye incriticizing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The visit sentsome terse messages from Xi to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. This is thefirst time that a Chinese leader has visited South Korea beforevisiting North Korea, and this is the first time that Xi joined withSouth Korea in openly and clearly criticizing North Korean policies.What effect this will have on Kim is of course unknown, but itwouldn’t surprise me if he defiantly steps up his nuclear weaponsprogram as a result. McClatchy and Xinhua
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