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The recent brutal murder of an Israeli family prompted 27 U.S. senators this week to urge the Obama administration to demand that Palestinian leaders stop tolerating violence against Jews.
“Palestinian incitement includes the glorification of terrorists and jihad and anti-Semitic stereotypes in the Palestinian media,” the senators said in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“We would like to know what specific steps you are taking to press for an end to this dangerous incitement,” they said.
The senators expressed shock over the March 11 murder of a father, mother and three children, including a 3-month-old girl, in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Itamar.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahublamed Palestinians for the killings and cited incitement of violence against Jews as the motive. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the murders but questioned whether Palestinians committed the crime.
The Palestinian Authority, which receives about $400 million a year in U.S. aid, must “take unequivocal steps to condemn the incident and stop allowing the incitement that leads to such crimes,” the senators said.
“The Itamar massacre was a sobering reminder that words matter and that Palestinian incitement against Jews and Israel can lead to violence and terror,” they said.
ROMANIA’S PIGGY BANKS
Romania must sell state-owned energy companies to promote growth in the economy and stop using them as “piggy banks” to cover government deficits, U.S. Ambassador Mark Gitenstein told investors Thursday at the Bucharest Stock Exchange.
“The key to Romania’s future is building enduring institutions that undergird your democracy and free markets, transparency and rule of law and predictability,” he said.
Mr. Gitenstein, a descendant of Romanian immigrants, praised the government for reforming pension laws, enacting a labor code, passing anti-corruption laws and recruiting honest police and prosecutors.
“I am very impressed with [those] efforts …, but it is not enough,” he said.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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