That from an Israeli spokeswoman responding to what appear to be coordinated attacks on three Israeli borders:
Israeli troops clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders on Sunday, leaving as many as 12 people dead and dozens wounded in an unprecedented wave of violence marking the anniversary of the mass displacement of Palestinians surrounding Israel’s establishment in 1948.
In the most serious incident, the Israeli military said thousands of protesters approached Syria’s border with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. It said hundreds of people burst through the border, and soldiers opened fire to stop them. Dozens were wounded and six were reported killed.
As Israel’s prime minister gathered his top advisers for an emergency meeting, officials accused Syria of fomenting the violence in an attempt to divert attention from the deadly crackdown on weeks of protests against the rule of President Bashar Assad.
“The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert international attention away from the brutal crackdown of their own citizens to incite against Israel,” said Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman.
Deadly clashes also took place along Israel’s nearby northern border with Lebanon, as well as in the Gaza Strip, near Israel’s southern border.
The unrest came as the Palestinians marked the “nakba,” or “catastrophe,” the term they use to describe the uprooting they suffered at the time of Israel’s founding on May 15, 1948.
On Facebook and other websites, activists had urged Palestinians and their supporters in neighboring countries to march on the border with Israel as part of nakba activities. Security officials tried to block such moves for fear of violence.
Doesn’t seem like they tried very hard to block these moves and so Israel is forced to defend their borders themselves and will pay the price in the media once again. Stand by for Israel bashing.
I’ll go out on a limb and predict that we won’t hear anything from the White House on this for days if at all as they’ve chosen sides long ago.
I’m edgy like that.
UPDATE: Via Dan Friedman in email:
Our correspondent, Carl in Jerusalem, has a running account including videotape from the front.