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28-Oct-14 World View -- Poland to move thousands of troops east in reaction to Russian threat

Web Log - October, 2014

28-Oct-14 World View -- Poland to move thousands of troops east in reaction to Russian threat

Israel announces plans for 1000 new settlements in East Jerusalem

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Israel announces plans for 1000 new settlements in East Jerusalem


A view of Jerusalem (Reuters)
A view of Jerusalem (Reuters)

In an announcement that's generating strong emotions on all sides, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved planning for 1,000 new settlement home units in East Jerusalem. According to Israeli media, the decision was forced on Netanyahu leaders in the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, which is part of his governing coalition, who are demanding an end to the "Obama building freeze." However, it was only a planning announcement, with no pledge to actually erect the units.

Palestinian Authority executive Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Netanyahu's announcement, saying that it "exposes the true nature of this blatantly racist and extremist Israeli coalition."

East Jerusalem has been the epicenter of increasing clashes between Palestinians and Israelis ever since the bodies of three Israeli teenage settlers were found weeks after they were abducted on June 10 by terrorists that Israelis believe were commissioned by Hamas. They were the subject of an extensive manhunt throughout the West Bank, during which hundreds of Palestinians, mostly members of Hamas, were arrested. Israel was shocked three weeks later, when the teens were found dead in a pit in the West Bank. There followed a spiral of violence that led to the Gaza war in July and August. There have been continuing clashes in the region around Jerusalem, and it's feared that this new announcement will trigger even more. Israel National News and International Middle East Media Center (Gaza) and Reuters

Poland to move thousands of troops east in reaction to Russian threat

Because of the threats to Poland posed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, Poland is moving thousands of troops to military bases along its eastern borders, in what is being called a historic realignment of the army.

According to Polands defense minister Tomasz Siemoniak:

"The geopolitical situation has changed. We have the biggest crisis of security since the Cold War and we must draw conclusions from that."

After World War II, Poland was a member of the Soviet bloc, and it's army was based along the country's western border, to defend a possible invasion from Europe. After the Soviet Union collapsed, Poland joined Nato in 1999, but today most most of Polandís 120,000-member army is still based in the west. The move to the east is the first major realignment since the end of WW II. Washington Post and Russia Today

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