Middle East: Seething over Settlements

While Palestinians and Jews shoot it out in the occupied territories, U.S. and Israeli politicians slug it out on the problem of loan guarantees

When violence erupts in the occupied territories, asking who started it rarely serves a useful purpose. More pertinent is what new hatreds have been etched in blood, and will kindle new violence.

Take the Palestinian attack two weeks ago on a bus bound from Jerusalem to the West Bank Jewish settlement of Shiloh. Dov Weiner, 11, was returning home from therapy for a gunshot wound in his shoulder sustained during an October bus attack. In the gunfire on Jan. 14, the boy was hit again, this time in the leg. Later that night, Jewish men drove to the home of Riad...

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