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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org for Monday January 9th, 2012.
Right wing Israeli legislators admit leaking information to settlers and Israeli troops kidnap eight Palestinians in the West Bank, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli secret service revealed information on Monday that it has arrested seven Palestinians suspected of throwing rocks and fire bombs at Israeli vehicles near Ramallah.
According to Israeli media sources, the Israeli public security alleged the seven youth attacked Israeli vehicles driving on route 443 several times. Rout 443 is a settler road and it connects to the settlement of Modiin.
The youth are also accused of attempting to obtain other fighting equipment to use against Israeli targets.
In related news, Israeli military forces invaded the town of Qabatiya and the village of Zbuba near the Palestinian city of Jenin and kidnapped one resident.
Troops broke into the house of Ahmad Sab’na 23 from Qabatiya and ransacked it. Eyewitnesses said Saba’na was seen handcuffed and blind-folded and was taken to an undisclosed destination.
Later in the day, Israeli troops invaded the village of Zbuba and patrolled the village before young Palestinians hurled stones and empty bottles at the military vehicles starting a short clash with the soldiers. Troops then left the village, no arrests or injuries were reported.
In other news, Israeli Knesset members admitted leaking information about Israeli military tactics to right wing Jewish settlers.
In recent weeks, Israeli settlers associated with the right-wing ‘price tag’ movement (aimed at making Palestinians ‘pay a price’ for every threatened removal of an illegal outpost by the Israeli government) have increased their attacks on both the Palestinian population of the West Bank and the Israeli military force occupying the West Bank, at a time when the settler movement has been increasing its number and frequency of attacks.
Right-wing legislators in Israel have openly stated their support for the right-wing settlers, admitting to having provided them with information that may have been used in the attacks on the military bases and personnel.
In political news, Israeli foreign Minister Avigdore Liberman, said he does not expect any progress on the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He added that the Palestinian leadership accepted to meet with Israelis leaders in Amman only because they could not reject the invitation by the Jordanian king Abdullah II.
A Palestinian delegation met with some Israeli officials in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week. The meeting was an attempt by King Abduallah of Jordan to push forward the stalled peace talks. The meeting was the first of its kind for almost one year, as Palestinians insist that they will not return to the negotiations table before Israel declares an unconditional freeze of settlement activities in the West Bank.
That’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Monday January 9th daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We hope you will join us again tomorrow. This was brought to you by Husam Qassis, and me, George Rishmawi