Israel Political Brief November 29, 2011: Iceland recognizes Palestinian state

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Iceland recognizes Palestinian state

Source: JTA, 11-29-11

Iceland’s parliament voted to recognize an independent state of Palestine.

The motion, which passed Tuesday, paves the way for Iceland to become the first Western European nation to recognize a Palestinian state. In December, several South American nations recognized Palestine, including Brazil, Venezuela and Bolivia.

“Iceland is the first Western European country to take this step,” Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson told Icelandic state broadcaster RUV, according to news reports. “I now have the formal authority to declare our recognition of Palestine.”…READ MORE

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Israel Brief November 29, 2011: First Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel since 2009

ISRAEL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel

Source: JTA, 11-29-11

Four Katyusha rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon — the first rockets to be fired on the area since 2009.

The rockets fired late Monday night caused damage to two buildings in the western Galilee and struck a gas tank, causing a fire that took firefighters hours to control. No one was injured in the attacks.

The Sheikh Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Israel Defense Forces had said that it did not believe that Hezbollah fired the rockets.

Israel reportedly shelled the area from where the rockets were fired, causing no damage.

The IDF said in a statement that it holds the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army responsible for preventing attacks on Israel. It also said that the attack is “a blatant violation of U.N. Resolution 1701,” which ended the Second Lebanon War.

The United Nations International Force in Lebanon said it would maintain calm on the border in the wake of the attacks.

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